Pirate Bay Goes Down

Sweden Pulls the Plug on Pirate Baypdf

The movie industry viewed the shutdown as a modest victory.

“I’m under no illusions that after the Pirate Bay goes down that there won’t be other would-be pirate kings who want to take their place,” said John G. Malcolm, executive vice president and director of worldwide anti-piracy operations for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, the trade group for the film industry. “But we’ll keep going after them.”

More than 50 law enforcement officials raided 10 offices across Sweden that were operated by Pirate Bay, confiscating the organization’s servers and detaining three people.

Launched in 2003, Pirate Bay thrived in part because the Swedish government did not enforce copyright protection, industry officials said.

Slashdot’s ThePirateBay.org Raided and Shut Down discussion reminds us that there’s been talk of setting up a political party around Pirate Bay and its take on IP. See this interview

Later: ThePirateBay Will Rise Again?

Even later: Swedish Security Police probe suspected Web attackspdf