The Pirate Bay gets another boost from clueless officials

The Pirate Bay seems to be getting a lot of help.  Earlier this year, the MPAA raided their data center and seized a bunch of equipment.  They made a very big show of this bust, telling everyone how they took down The Pirate Bay.  A few days later, the site was back up and running in a new home, and had a bunch more traffic thanks to the MPAA.

Now a similar thing is happening in Italy.  A prosecutor over there has told ISPs that they need to start blocking The Pirate Bay.  The site has already worked around the blocks, and now they likely have even more traffic as a result of the attempted ban.

(via TechDirt)

Never heard of Httpshare? Now you have, thanks to the IFPI.

Httpshare logoThe IFPI, the RIAA of the UK, has convinced a judge to have Httpshare.com — a torrent tracking site — shut down.

The site is located in Israel, and doesn’t appear to be breaking any Israeli laws. Like many other sites, this site is simply a torrent search engine and it doesn’t actually host any infringing content. Mike Masnick predicts that this will end up being a big win for Httpshare, much like a similar situation with the Pirate Bay. Lots of people that have never heard of Httpshare (like you and me) are now curious about what’s going on. Traffic to the site is probably going to soar, but I’m guessing the IFPI will call it “a big blow in the war against piracy” or some garbage like that.

The Pirate Bay

The Pirate BayThe Pirate Bay is well-known for their BitTorrent tracking and is a very popular place for people to share music, movies, software, etc.

In May of 2006, The Pirate Bay’s Stockhole were raided and their servers were seized. The MPAA considered it a major victory and made sure everyone knew about the raid.

Three days later, the site was back online and had to add more servers than before to handle the massive increase in traffic that the MPAA had pointed toward them.

MediaDefender

As posted on SlashDot:

“It looks like MediaDefender, in an effort to quell the explosion of negative publicity over its leaked email archive, has instead done the opposite and spread it even more widely. Ars Technica is reporting that MediaDefender has sent scary-lawyer letters to two popular BitTorrent sites, MegaNova and IsoHunt, demanding that they remove the offending content. Both sites have responded with derision. Also, Ars notes that MediaDefender seems to be behind a DDoS attack against the site that originally leaked its email.”

Final word to Ars’s Ryan Paul: “MediaDefender’s entire business model has been based on recognition of the inescapable fact that litigation cannot stop the spread of content on the Internet, so it is ironic that the company has turned to legal threats.”