The Web site, which is targeted for elimination by content owners nearly the world over, presumably has found a new bandwidth provider. The service, which has helped millions of people locate and eventually download scores of pirated films, had been temporarily subdued Monday after German authorities ordered its then-Internet host to cease providing Web access to the site.
On Tuesday morning, the Pirate Bay posted a photo of a cat and a note--in a sort of a lolcats patois--to those who pursue a strategy of taking down the site: "Ims ins yours skynets, lollings aways ats yours futile attempts ats controllings ours Internets."
The cat photo is appropriate because The Pirate Bay has played a cat-and-mouse game with content providers for years. This is at least the third time a bandwidth provider was forced to take down the site and the third time the site has returned. One has to question whether the studios are actually playing into the the hands of The Pirate Bay operators with these attempts to knock out the site. Every time they do, The Pirate Bay rises again, and to the file-sharing community these comebacks boost the site operators' reputation as unconquerable heroes.
Later this year, Swedish courts are expected to rule on an appeal made by the four founders of The Pirate Bay. The four were found guilty of copyright violations last year, sentenced to a year in jail, and ordered to pay the equivalent of $3 million.