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Pirate Bay Digging In For Battle

Aug 25, 2009 (01:08 PM EDT)

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Pirate Bay, aided and abetted by some open and some anonymous supporters, appears to be digging in for a long battle, determined to keep its Web site in operation.

In its blog Pirate Bay said, "even though large parts of Internets and many old and famous trackers have fallen... we shall not flag or fail."

Pirate Bay has been involved in a version of Whac-A-Mole as entertainment companies, the Swedish government, and other players take turns trying to put the file-sharing site out of business. In the latest twist, the company returned briefly to life Tuesday after an Internet service provider temporarily hosted the site.

"A Swedish court apparently decided it is illegal to be an ISP," said Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde after ISP Black Internet stopped serving the site. Sunde and three other Pirate Bay colleagues were sentenced in April with fines and jail time after Hollywood production companies challenged the company in a Swedish court. The Pirate Bay operators have appealed the decision.

At the same time, Global Gaming Factory, which has expressed interest in acquiring Pirate Bay assets, defended itself against charges that it doesn't have the financial resources to carry out an acquisition. Swedish stock market authorities have asked GGF for information on its funding of a planned $8.5 million acquisition of Pirate Bay.

The Pirate Bay site has been up and down for several weeks as different ISPs have hosted it for short periods, only to take it down after authorities close in. Pirate Bay has noted that no copyrighted material is hosted on Pirate Bay servers and GGF has said it plans to offer legal services if and when it acquires Pirate Bay.

Entertainment companies have argued that millions of files are illegally transferred daily through the use of Pirate Bay. Several entertainment companies are lined up against Pirate Bay including Columbia Pictures, Disney Enterprises, and Universal Studios.
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