stories filed under: "blockades"
by Mike Masnick
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 2:04pm
the pirate bay
I first became aware of The Pirate Bay in 2006 when the site was raided by Swedish law enforcement and taken offline for a few days. Of course, the site came back online soon after, and all of the attention from taking it down resulted in a massive increase in awareness and traffic. Over the years, we've noticed a rather obvious pattern here. Every single time we hear about an attack on The Pirate Bay, it seems to get more traffic. In fact, TorrentFreak is reporting that despite all of the various countries that have officially ordered ISPs to block access to the site, traffic to The Pirate Bay has doubled since 2011. In fact, the traffic growth appears to be fairly steady:
The really incredible thing is that, eight years after the initial raid, despite multiple lawsuits (even people in jail) and a variety of ISP blockades, it appears that the entertainment industry still hasn't learned a damn thing about understanding why people like The Pirate Bay and why its efforts to take it down keep failing. The industry's infatuation turned what had been a little-known Swedish torrent tracking site into a global phenomenon that makes them look worse and worse every time they fail to recognize what's happening.