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The Pirate Bay Is Back Online

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online
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May 18, 2010 1:00 PM PDT    Text size: 
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — File sharing site The Pirate Bay came back online Tuesday after a German court injunction temporarily left it without a bandwidth provider.

According to PCWorld.com, The Pirate Party provided the bandwith because it said it has grown tired of the movie and music industry’s cat and mouse game with the file sharing site.

This week, a district court in Hamburg ordered discontinuation of service for The Pirate Bay for linking to six torrents for movies from Walt Disney Studios. The court said if The Pirate Bay’s bandwith provider doesn’t comply with the demands of the injunction won by the Motion Picture Association, its director, Sven Kamphuis, could face a hefty fine for copyright infringement and jail time of up to two years.

However, Kamphuis doesn’t agree with the terms set by the court and sees no harm in providing bandwith to the torrent site, arguing this is a core business for ISPs. Furthermore, he said, the provider offers a single Internet connection and is not responsible for the information provided through these connections.

This isn’t the first time The Pirate Bay has been taken offline because it was left without a bandwith provider. But it has always managed to bounce back. A post on its blog read, “Please learn, TPB can’t be shut down.”

The battle between The Pirate Bay and the entertainment industry continues in various countries. This week a case that led to the site being blocked in Denmark heads to the Supreme Court there.

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