The Pirate Bay and Its Impact on the Internet


Do you remember a time when the Internet was not that big yet and there were only a few sites that people went to? This was more than a decade ago and back then things such as mIRC and ICQ (chat relay services) were quite popular. In 2003, a file sharing site known as the Pirate Bay made its debut on the World Wide Web and the rest, as they say, is history. This was when file sharing and torrent downloading started to take bloom, and both of them have become staples of the Internet.

We all know that the Internet has a strong stand against piracy, and unfortunately for them one of the most popular sites on the web also happens to cater to “pirates.” Now while it might not actually be doing piracy directly, the Pirate Bay’s users are the ones who upload copyrighted content onto their servers. These files are converted into torrents and are downloaded with apps called torrent clients.

The Pirate Bay’s main purpose is to give users a place where they can share their files, so technically the site is not the one at fault. If the law enforcers really want to catch the true culprits, then they will have to find a way to arrest the thousands of users who upload their content on the site on a daily basis. So how much has the Pirate Bay impacted the Internet? For one thing, it has become synonymous with the term “free content” because that’s what its fans get from it.

If it were not for the Pirate Bay, then web users all over the world would not be able to enjoy the benefits of watching their favorite movies, playing their favorite games, and reading their favorite comic books for free. There are a ton of sites on the web that try to emulate the Pirate Bay in terms of what they do, but the torrents they produce will never be able to match the ones that the Pirate Bay has when it comes to quality. Isohunt, also known as “the Pirate Bay copy site”, is a good example of this.

The Pirate Bay has become so popular that even the world’s governments have been trying for years to get rid of it for good. In fact, the UK has already imposed a ban on the site, but users have still found a way to get access to Pirate Bay through the use of Pirate Bay reverse proxies. These proxies hide a user’s IP address so they can browse websites like the Pirate Bay without being detected.

So it is pretty safe to say that the Pirate Bay has become somewhat of a cultural icon of the digital age.

Natasha Vaughan – A retired bank manager who found joy and happiness in the world of Internet.

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Listen to Abe – Stop SOPA and PIPA
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"The Democracy of to-day hold the liberty of one man to be absolutely nothing, when in conflict with another man’s right of property. Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but in case of conflict, the man before the dollar." – Abraham Lincoln

In this case you might define Republican as "An advocate of a republic, a form of government that is not a monarchy or dictatorship, and is generally associated with the rule of law."

My point in using this quote is to highlight the fact that SOPA, PIPA, the DMCA and related laws are supporting the rights of property holders over the rights of speech and liberty. Very few people defend piracy , but it is not just to throw out due process of law to save a corporation some imaginary profits.

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Read the entire letter from Lincoln in the New York Times


NOTE: After experiencing the day of protest about SOPA/PIP it is clear that the action could better be called a Web Blackout rather than a Strike.

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NOTE: I decided to change to this current quote after I determined that the quote that I was using probably erroneous. That quote is: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

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The Pirate Bay – The Internet’s Treasure Island


Anyone who is fond of downloading torrents is probably very familiar with the file sharing site known as “The Pirate Bay”. This site is one of the most popular ones on the internet because of its nearly infinite amount of torrents that are available for download. Want to read up on some of the latest comic book issues? The Pirate Bay has them and if you are looking to catch up on some of your favorite TV shows, it has them too. All in all, this website is an internet surfer’s dream come true because you can pretty much find just about everything in here including games and movies.

However, that is not to say the site has not caused its own fair share of controversy over the years because despite providing some valuable “service” to the world’s billions of netizens, the Pirate Bay is still technically guilty of piracy. Several government agencies have been trying for years to track down the main server of this popular torrent site, but they have come up fruitless each time. This is one thing that has truly amazed the site’s fans over the years because of their ability to avoid being shut down despite being one of the most notorious culprits of piracy on the internet.

Countries like the United States of America have long stood tall against online piracy and have the blocked pirate bay to-do list and listed as one of unwanted websites. America is blessed with the power of super high speed internet which usually translates to faster download rates. However, torrent downloads is something that is not allowed in the U.S. because whenever an internet user downloads a torrent from a site such as the Pirate Bay, their IP address will be automatically traced. This can be pretty scary because piracy is one of the most serious of offenses in America.

So what do these guys do in order to avoid detection? A work around in pirate bay they use a little something called “proxy sites” to keep themselves out of the internet radar so to speak. Proxy sites basically act as “cloaking devices” for internet users because what these sites do is they hide the user’s IP address. This means they can pretty much surf any site that exists online without worrying about getting caught. This is how most people download their content from the Pirate Bay, through the use of proxy sites.

Because of its reputation and notoriety, the Pirate Bay has also been blocked in several countries including the UK. Again, the backdoor to pirate bay this is where proxy sites come in handy because they can basically by pass any government’s firewall and allow users to visit sites that otherwise would not have been accessible in the first place. So if you want to get some free movies, games, and comic books from the web, head on over to the Pirate Bay for your fix of great torrents. But if you want to remain undetected while doing so, then make use of proxy sites. The new pirate bay are the proxy sites.

Strike – Stop SOPA & PIPA
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NOTE: After experiencing the day of protest about SOPA/PIP it is clear that the action could better be called a Web Blackout rather than a Strike.

TAKE ACTION! Google has a form.

Sculpture of the "Spirit of Justice" from the Great Hall, 2nd floor of the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. The artist, Carl Paul Jennewein, created this aluminum sculpture in 1935. The dimensions are 12′ 6" tall x 48" in diameter. The source for this image of the "Spirit of Justice" is a another great photo by Carol M. Highsmith and available via the Library of Congress.

The image has been cropped, exposure increased, contrast increased, and the color is adjusted. The "Spirit of Justice" is holding a web page of the Protect IP Act pdf.