Yarrr! Swedish authorities raided the offices of The Pirate Bay – the web’s most infamous bit-torrent portal – in an effort to clamp down on illegal movie-downloading on the 31st of May just gone. Hollywood executives (distraught at the vast salary cuts that they’ve had to take as a result of the bit-torrent phenomena) were reported to be overjoyed at the news of the raid.
Only one problem: the resulting publicity has made the Pirate Bay even more famous than it was before, with a doubling of web traffic since the resulting hoopla and ‘will someone please think of the children?’ hand-wringing. You twats.
The Pirate Bay, one of the world’s most popular websites for illegal downloading of movies, has doubled its number of visitors after Swedish police shut down the site for three days, according to an Internet monitoring site, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter said on Sunday.
Swedish authorities closed the site after several raids on May 31. The site reopened three days later using servers in The Netherlands.