The Pirate Bay Goes More Distributed, Shuts Down Tracker

from the legal-issues? dept

So this is interesting. The folks at The Pirate Bay have shut down its tracker for good, and switched entirely to a distributed, decentralized system, called DHT. As others are noting, this is quite a milestone, but I actually wonder if it will also have legal implications. Basically, using such a distributed system takes The Pirate Bay even further out of the equation in terms of its role in the sharing of content, and in theory could impact the ruling against The Pirate Bay. Of course, the entertainment industry will say it doesn't matter, and the courts (who don't seem to understand these things very well) might not realize the difference, but it is meaningful in terms of how involved The Pirate Bay actually is in the activity that's happening.

But, of course, even if this makes no difference in how the courts view The Pirate Bay (as expected), it does show the inevitable trend of these things: making them ever more and more decentralized and harder to shut down. When the RIAA shut down Napster, what came out of it was even more decentralized and harder to stop. Now the same thing is happening with the attempted shut down of The Pirate Bay. Even if you don't like what sites like The Pirate Bay do, at some point you have to wonder what good it does to keep shutting down these offerings when all it does is drive people to the "next" offering that's even more difficult to stop? At some point, someone is going to get the message that you can't stop this stuff. So why not figure out a way to use it to your advantage?

Filed Under: bittorent, distributed hash tag, tracker
Companies: the pirate bay


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    Pirate Booty, 18 Nov 2009 @ 1:49pm

    Here are just a few alternate Download sites now that Pirate Bay is gone



    A Repost from Digg.com


    ***** THE MPAA & RIAA:

    Public Sites:
    Rank # Torrent Site Alexa Rank (Dec 07) Alexa Rank (Mar 08) Change (%)
    1. mininova.org 63 53 + 19 %
    2. ThePirateBay.org 182 130 + 40 %
    3. isohunt.com 170 147 + 16 %
    4. Torrentz.com 231 192 + 20 %
    5. BtJunkie.org 689 469 + 47 %
    6. torrentspy.com 376 585 - 36 %
    7. TorrentReactor.net 909 616 + 48 %
    8. GamesTorrents.com 942 641 + 47 %
    9. TorrentPortal.com 699 697 no change
    10. btmon.com 924 743 + 24 %
    11. sumotorrent.com 1,894 1,101 + 72 %
    12. myBittorrent.com 1,861 1,454 + 28 %
    13. animesuki.com 1,738 1,473 + 18 %
    14. Fulldls.com 1,448 1,646 - 12 %
    15. bitdig.com 5,805 1,945 + 300 %
    16. torrentz.ws 7,990 1,991 + 400 %
    17. newtorrents.info 3,348 2,272 + 47 %
    18. Torrent-Finder.com 3,404 2,635 + 29 %
    19. TorrentBox.com 2,812 2,686 + 5 %
    20. Fenopy.com 3,102 2,901 + 7 %
    21. torrentvalley.com 5,276 3,014 + 75 %
    22. youtorrent.com … 3,107 New!
    23. TorrentReactor.to 3,016 3,313 - 9 %
    24. www.zoozle.org 4,669 3,369 + 39 %
    25. www.seedpeer.com 3,992 3,449 + 16 %

    Private Sites

    Music
    http://www.waffles.fm

    http://www.what.cd

    http://www.filemp3.org

    http://stmu sic.org

    http://mixfiend.com
    (Mixtapes)
    http://www.indietorrents.com/

    http://www.funkytorrent s.com

    http://softmp3.org

    http://www.themusik.org

    http://kraytracker.com
    (metal)
    http://me talbits.org
    (metal)
    http://www.trancetraffic.com/

    http://libble.com/

    http://btmusic.eu

    ht tp://private.pyrotorrents.org

    http://tracker.jpopsuki.com
    (j-music)
    http://www.punkoiska.com/
    (Punk, Oi!, Ska, Psychobilly, Rockabilly, etc.)
    http://www.punktorrents.com
    (Punk)
    http://audionews.ru
    (Music production)
    http://blackflowermusic.com

    http://btbeat.com

    http://bt.etree.org

    http://btmus ic.org

    http://chronictracker.com

    http://deepbassnine.com

    http://dimeadozen.org

    http://dj iq.org

    http://kerrazy-torrents.net

    http://metal-torrents.com

    http://onemoresolo.net

    http ://pj.sidewalkcrusaders.com
    (Pearl Jam)
    http://punkhc.dyndns.org

    http://purelivegigs.com

    http://smithstorrents.co.uk
    (The Smiths/Morrissey)
    http://thecellar.afraid.org

    http://themixingbowl.org

    http://thetradersden.o rg

    http://torrentazos.com

    http://tracker.twee.se

    http://zombtracker.the-zomb.com

    http:// vipmusic.org

    http://modetrance.com

    http://tranceroute.com

    http://softmp3.org/

    http://pun koiska.com

    http://metalbits.org

    http://tracker.gunsnroses.us
    (Guns 'n' Roses)
    http://mullemeck.serveftp.org/jps_beta/
    (Japanese/Asian)
    http://nipponsei.minglong.org
    (A nime OSTs)
    http://tracker.shoegaze.lt/
    (Shoegaze, Dreampop)
    http://puretrance.org
    (Trance)
    http://tracker.jpopsuki.com
    (J-pop)
    http://zonebits.ne t
    (Primarily Danish music)
    http://komodoisland.net/

    http://tracker.shoegaze.lt
    (Shoegaze, indie, post-rock)
    http://proaudiotorrents.org
    (pretty self-explanatory)
    http://u2torrents.com
    (U2)
    e**** (can't mention the url)


    Games
    http://www.blackcats-games.net/

    http://www.bitgamer.com

    http://www.undergroun d-gamer.com
    (pre 2000 games)
    http://www.ntorrents.net
    (wii/gamecube)
    http://bt.xbox-sky.com

    http://gctracker.mine.nu :800

    http://my-gamebox.com

    http://pleasuredome.org.uk

    http://xbox.udp.at

    http://bemaniis o.ws


    Mac Software
    http://beta.macnbits.com

    BS (link removed on request)

    High Def
    http://www.hdbits.org

    http://bit-hdtv.com/

    http://hdsource.biz

    http://x264.eu

    http: //scenehd.org


    DVDs
    http://thedvdclub.org/

    http://pisexy.org/

    http://cinematik.net

    htt p://asiandvdclub.org

    https://www.swedvdr.org/
    (only swesub dvds, but good stuff)
    http://dvdseed.org


    Movies
    http://goem.org

    http://cinemageddon.org
    (cult/b-movies)
    http://arabfilms.org
    (Arabic)
    http://childbytes.net
    (Disney/Kids)
    http://cinematik.net

    http: //dididave.com

    http://karagarga.net

    http://cinema-obscura.com

    http://moviex.info/


    TV
    http://www.bitmetv.org/

    http://bit-hdtv.com

    http://tvtorrents.com/

    http://www.tvjunkies.org /

    http://www.eztv.it

    http://cfhtracker.info/
    (Call For Help)
    http://diwana.org
    (Australia & NZ)
    http://d-addicts.com
    (Drama)
    http://mrtwig.net
    (South Park)
    http://mvgroup.org

    http://myspleen.net

    http://uknova.com

    http://xtvi.com

    http://t hesprawl.se
    AKA
    http://eztvefnet.org

    http://sharetv.org

    http://tvfreaks.to

    http://torrent -vision.org

    http://tvrss.net/

    http://thebox.bz

    http://bitt.tv

    http://torrent-vision.org/


    Scene
    http://www.scenetorrents.org/

    http://www.filelist.org

    http://www.revolutiontt.net /

    http://www.tti.nu

    http://www.runningthescence.com/

    http://www.torrentleech.org/

    http:/ /torrentbytes.net/

    http://piratebits.org/
    (Swedish but good 4 XBox and PC Games)
    http://www.moviex.info/

    http://torrent-damage.net/

    http://www.swebits.org/

    http://s upertorrents.org/

    http://torrents.czone.ro

    http://www.midnight-torrents.com

    http://pirateto rrents.org/

    http://www.powerbits.org/

    http://finbytes.org/

    http://www.devilwolfs.com/
    (Sce ne)
    http://www.digitalhive.org/
    (Scene)
    http://rushbits.org

    http://sharetorrents.pl
    (Polish)
    http://merc-tech.org

    http://acetorrents.net

    http://scenenetwork.org

    S** removed on request
    Ftn (link removed)
    Wheelmods link removed

    Porn
    http://www.cheggit.net

    http://www.empornium.us

    http://www.puretna.com

    http ://www.fileporn.org

    http://www.pornbits.net/

    http://www.sexotorrent.com/

    http://www.pussyto rrents.org/

    http://bmtorrents.net

    http://pornation.org

    http://gaytorrentnews.org
    (Gay)
    ht tp://gay-torrents.net
    (Gay)
    http://bitlove.hu
    (Magyar / Hungarian)
    http://italiansexy.net
    (Italian)
    http://candy.bitbull.to/
    (smaller German site)
    http://bootytorrents.com/

    http://adultsins.net/

    http://deviloid.net


    Ebooks/Learnin g
    http://textbooktorrents.com/

    http://bitme.org

    http://learnbits.org

    http://bitspyder.net

    http://elbitz.org


    Sports
    http://basket-torrent.webpark.pl

    http://bt.davka.info
    (Basketb all)
    http://fbtz.com/forum/
    (Football/Soccer)
    http://motorsport-torrents.info

    http://racing-un derground.com

    http://special.pwtorrents.net
    (Wrestling)
    http://sport-scene.net

    http://tenyar dtorrents.com
    (NFL, NCAA, CFL)
    http://tracker.fullcontactzone.com
    (MMA)
    http://worldboxingvideoarchive.com

    http://extrem ebits.org
    (extreme sports)
    http://xtremewrestlingtorrents.net
    (Wrestling)
    http://dontchill.net

    http://mma-tracker .org
    MMA
    http://www.extremebits.org/
    (extreme sports movies)
    http://www.titaniumtorrents.net
    MMA/TV mostly

    Other
    http://audionews.ru
    (audio applications)
    http://proaudiotorrents.org
    (audio applications)
    http://gfxnews.ru
    (2d/3d graphics software)
    http://proeditor.51.net
    (graphics/design)
    http://docs.torrents.ro
    (graphics/design)
    h ttp://conspiracycentral.net

    http://christiantorrents.com

    http://chomskytorrents.org
    (Document aries)
    http://inkrecharge.com
    (Radio?)
    http://ipodnova.tv
    (iPod Video)
    http://linuxtracker.org

    http://pianosheets.org

    http://www.podtropolis.com
    (iPod Video)
    http://pokerbits.org

    http://thepokerbay.org

    http://zcultfm.com
    (No tracker anymore?)
    http://kinozal.ws
    (Russian)
    http://thevault.bz
    (business, finance, marketing, advertising)
    http://theplace.bz
    (seduction, psychology, self-help etc)
    http://music-vid.com
    (music videos)

    Anime
    http://anime-kraze.org

    http://animelab.com

    http://anime-legion.net

    http:/ /animesuki.com

    http://a.scarywater.net

    http://baka-updates.com

    http://bithq.org

    http://b ittorrent.frozen-layer.net

    http://boxtorrents.com

    http://thehawks.org

    http://bt.zhentarim.n et

    http://datorrents.com

    http://deadfrog.us

    http://downloadanime.org

    http://gotwoot.net

    http://h33t.com

    http://shinsen-subs.org

    http://spisoft.net

    http://majin2007.com

    http: //prutser.com

    http://tokyotosho.com

    http://torrent.thegreatbeyond.net

    http://tracker.shocke rz.net

    http://share.dmhy.net
    (Japanese)
    http://eclipse.no-sekai.de

    http://the-triad.org


    General/Unsorted
    http://araditracker.com

    http://biotorrents.org

    http://bitnation.com

    http ://bitsoup.org

    http://blue-whitegt.com
    (Greek)
    http://btcyberstorm.com

    http://bwtorrents.com (Indian)

    http://bytenova.org

    http://cinema-obscura.com

    http://dctorrent.com
    (Indian)
    http ://desitorrents.com
    (Indian)
    http://devilsfire.com

    http://fonoon.org
    (Arabic)
    http://ilovetor rents.com

    http://int-torrent.com

    http://kludd.com

    http://leecherslair.com

    http://legenda ry-torrents.net

    http://megatorrents.org

    http://midnight-torrents.com

    http://monova.org

    h ttp://nordicbits.org

    http://phoenix-pt.org

    http://potuk.com

    http://sladinki007.net

    http: //spirit-tracker.org

    http://t4a.org

    http://th3-studio.net

    http://torrent-damage.net

    http ://torrent-hackers.co.uk

    http://tracker2.dyn.pl
    (German)
    http://tri-tavern.com

    http://torren tpipeline.org

    http://greek-tracker.com
    (Greek)
    http://smartorrent.com
    (French)
    http://smoking intherain.us

    http://quorks.com
    (German)
    http://delight4u.org
    (Dutch)
    http://torrents.ru
    (Rus sian)
    http://arenabg.com
    (Bulgarian)
    http://swefiles.org
    (Swedish)
    http://esooti.com
    (Hebrew)
    http://legaltorrents.com

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.