The infamous file storage search engine of Pirate Bay has been down after it was raided by the Swedish police last week. However, a small repository of the material of the web has now reappeared as “oldpiratebay.org,” a platform created by enthusiasts who have recently resurrected a clone of a similar platform, isoHunt.
It appears, in several respects, that law enforcement is playing a pointless game of whack-a-mole with file distribution platforms that also have fervent internet follow-ups, even though they are suspected of aiding in large-scale market theft of copyrighted works: shutting one platform down only allows fresh imitators to emerge across the internet. But to explain the hydra-like existence of this specific form of web, it may get a little bit scientific.
Both Pirate Bay and isoHunt began as places that indexed torrents — a file format affiliated with the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol that enables users to share files when exchanging data with other users concurrently. Torrents are especially common with people who want to download big files like videos or video games since they are sharing bandwidth over a number of users.
But in recent years, several pages, including Pirate Bay, have stepped away from hosting real torrent files and have now begun utilizing magnet connections. So what is torrenting basically? It is that magnet links are no files that you need to download. These are links that hold details that will allow the BitTorrent customer to recognize the right torrent from its contents.
The change to magnet connections has quite simple advantages for Torrent sites: they did not have to hold any data at all. This offered them a bit of plausible denial if they were suspected of storing content that could be used to exchange proprietary files. But that also indicated that the total volume of data they had to hold available was a lot, a lot less.
Torrent platforms are making a lot of revenue to swap jobs with other users. That money will buy you a great deal of security. Many people are trying to argue that they have no liability for piracy, they are only storing it. But every decent mind knows that when you build such a forum, there must be certain obligations in place. Try selling stolen cars, hell or even giving away stolen cars from your company, and see if there are any repercussions! See if the explanation, “I am only the conduit for these things, just the host, not the real criminal,” pays off for you.
As to why various administrations have accomplished what appears to be a very minor matter. Yeah, a lot of lawmakers are attempting, but it is a juggling act and people remain split. On the one side, the culture and the arts and prospects for artists dramatically improve as capital falls in. On the other side, traditionally speaking, musicians appear to have revolutionary, dreamer leanings. Stuff that offers citizens optimism rather than making them feel resigned to “what is.” You clamp down on their money, lose a lot of their influence, and are thus less likely to be noticed whenever they criticize the government.
Today we are working in a very unpredictable environment for musicians. The generation who decided to rob instead of help, unlike their contemporaries, would be recognized for disappointing their own batch of artists who existed in their time. Thank Goodness for the few far-sighted individuals who are always shopping and utilizing different web pages to personally help their favorite musicians. They realize that the market is cyclical and that we are all part of it. If you send it, it still makes its way out.
A smaller database decreases server expenses and makes the underlying technology even more accessible. In 2012, the file sharing-focused news site TorrentFreak announced that a user had produced a text replica of the Pirate Bay magnet link archive that fits comfortably into a 90-megabyte zipped file — small enough to place on a modest USB stick.
Reasons why torrent websites will never die:
It is pretty clear why websites of piracy are still online. Below are some of the explanations for this:
Piracy forums have been commonplace. Only that more than 2600 pages have been taken down in a year, is that a large amount? There are millions of websites of piracy, so deleting just a few thousand websites of piracy would not create a difference in Internet piracy as a whole. Moreover, removing an X number of piracy sites annually is not a practical target, and the government does not try to accomplish such an impossible objective.
Crime pages have more than one domain name. If someone is trying to kill piracy, they need to make sure that all domains are taken down. A number of pirate pages have several domains, and they are almost the same style as the default domain.
If the platform is a subscription service, it typically streams from third-party servers, and much of the time these servers are hard to find where they come from. Thus, removing the website on its own is not often enough, so certain websites can easily be restored with third-party servers. Therefore, the removal of third-party servers would have a stronger effect than the removal of the database, but the issue is that these servers are impossible to locate.
New websites for infringement are continually being developed and old websites are being resurrected. More websites are being produced than removed, and the government cannot control the production of these pages.