Pirate Bay's Return Isn't Surprising
After a nearly two-month hiatus, rogue torrent-tracking site Pirate Bay re-emerges. Is anyone surprised?Back in December 2014, when the Pirate Bay went offline, I speculated that the torrent-tracking site likely wasn't yet done and would return. As it turns out, that speculation was accurate and the Pirate Bay is once again a live site. The Pirate Bay is a torrent-tracker site that provides users with a searchable listing of content that can be downloaded via the BitTorrent protocol. The Pirate Bay has a history of providing links to torrents that might include copyrighted content, such as Hollywood movies, music and apps. The site has existed in multiple locations over the years, with thepiratebay.se and thepiratebay.org being the primary domains users have been able to employ to access the site. The December Pirate Bay take-down involved the .se and .org iterations of the site, as Swedish officials took aim at Pirate Bay servers. In the aftermath of the official site shutdown, copycat sites emerged, including thepiratebay.cz and the priratebay.com.ua. There was even an open-source code effort launched by IsoHunt called OpenBay to provide the application code that could enable anyone to run their own Pirate Bay type site. Isohunt itself launched the https://oldpiratebay.org/ site as its OpenBay iteration. Neither Isohunt nor OpenBay are directly affiliated with the official Pirate Bay group. The resurrected Pirate Bay site has already been the subject of some controversy with a lively discussion currently ongoing on the Reddit social media site. The main points of controversy is that the new Pirate Bay site is leveraging CloudFlare's content delivery network and distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection system to help deliver the site, which concerns some Reddit commenters.