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The Pirate Bay Arises From The Flames – Pheonix Bay

The Pirate Bay, widely known as the most popular file-sharing website on the planet, is back online after the longest outage it has ever experienced. Anyone visiting thepiratebay.se domain today will be welcomed with a functioning site, as if nothing had ever happened almost two months ago.

On December 9, police in Stockholm raided a data center, seizing servers and other computer equipment. The Pirate Bay was one of many peer-to-peer and torrent-related websites and services that went down that day. The raid was in response to a complaint from Swedish anti-piracy group Rights Alliance.

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On December 15, The Pirate Bay released its first and only official statement — a member said the team hadn’t decided if it would return. On December 22, the official domain suddenly came back online, albeit only as a single page. It went through various iterations, dropping hints left, right, and center. Now, it features the familiar search page, with a phoenix logo in place of the traditional pirate ship:

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The return was somewhat expected, as the domain eventually added a countdown clock that pointed to February 1. Today’s rebirth means the site is back almost 24 hours earlier than originally planned.

The Pirate Bay is serving torrents once again, and the site is working almost exactly as it did before the outage. In fact, it appears the database that was saved includes almost everything — the latest entries are indeed from December 9.

Yet not all of this is “good news,” so to speak. Rumor has it that some staff are not supporting this relaunch because it was supposed to be a “trimmed down version” that doesn’t require former admins and moderators.

It’s not clear whether that is true. We’ll know soon enough, however, as this staff supposedly plans to launch their own version, at a different domain, if they don’t have access to what is available at thepiratebay.se.

Because The Pirate Bay was down for so long, many copycat sites have appeared, some more popular than others. If former staff launch their own version of The Pirate Bay, there could be even more overlap. Of course, that may end up being good news for users looking to download content.

Online piracy will no longer be a criminal offence in the UK

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The British government has now decided to decriminalise the piracy of films, music and games – meaning that users caught downloading and sharing pirated material will no longer be fined or prosecuted.

Starting in 2015, those caught pirating material online will receive four letters telling the individual that they have committed an illegal offence….and, well that’s it.

The reason for the change in policy is that the government have found the current punishment plans to be largely unworkable – and pretty sensibly so. Ofcom recently released figures stating that almost a quarter of all downloads in the UK were of something pirated – which would be a hell of a lot of people to prosecute.

While after next year individuals will no longer be fined or prosecuted, the government says it will still continue to try and stop the funding of pirating sites, but overall – it seems like our government has given up the fight against online piracy.

For more information on the policy check out the full bill here.

For the rest of us – its time to dig out that Jack Sparrow costume and get on the rum.