When The Pirate Bay first on the block, it provided users in the UK with numerous ways to circumvent the filter -- including VPN servers, DNS tweaks, and the Tor Browser Bundle. Now, it has launched a new website to help bypass the block by itself.
The site is, which will make it immediately available to users who had previously been barred from visiting the website. Should broadband providers extend their block to cover this IP, The Pirate Bay has tweaked the site to be to work with proxy servers. Work as intermediary points between a client and a server, so users can access websites anonymously or pretend to be connecting from another country. In the case of The Pirate Bay, users in the UK can disguise themselves as a user from a nation where the file-sharing site is not yet censored. The special block-circumventing site also disables the login, register, comment and upload functions and only show links to magnet files, not torrent files.
Last week Techdirt wrote about the attitude of the UK recording industry, which seems obsessed with 'stamping out piracy' rather than making more money. Here's a story from TorrentFreak that looks to be another example of: Several UK Internet providers are blocking Pirate Bay's perfectly legal promotion platform for independent artists.
The Promo Bay website is currently being blocked by BT, Virgin Media, BE and possibly several other providers. A plausible explanation is that the Promo Bay domain is listed on the same blocklist that's used to enforce the Pirate Bay blockade.
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The domain itself has never linked to infringing material, nor is it hosted on The Pirate Bay's servers. As that explains,, which we about back in January, is not offering any unauthorized copies of music, and is hosted independently from The Pirate Bay. So either it's been blocked because its association with The Pirate Bay is enough to goad the UK recording industry into unthinking action, or else it's happened by mistake. Either way, the fact that a perfectly legal service offering perfectly legal material has been rendered inaccessible without warning and for no discernible reason is a reminder that site blocking is a really poor way to tackle unauthorized downloads, with the likelihood of collateral damage.
Far better to offer good legal alternatives - like The Promo Bay. Follow me @glynmoody on or, and on. Let's say you're not in the Internet business and so you don't have a group of apologists ready to twist everything into some terrible infringement of your rights or the first amendment or whatever. How do you handle situations like this? Let's imagine that you set up a legit business in the front hall of a brothel, a crackhouse or an illegal casino. The cops bust down the door and haul everyone down to the stationhouse. Does anyone care about just how legit your business happens to be?
You'll be lucky not to go to jail along with the illegit owners. You lie down with dogs, you get fleas. But on the Internet, Big Piracy, Big Search and Big Hardware love to support organizations like Pirate Bay and so they support apologists like this who continue to come up with sophistic schemes to try to pretend that someone is somehow being censored or having their civil rights violated. If they really have a legit business, they can call up a legit server rental firm and be back online in an hour. But that's not the game here. Asphalt 4 Elite Racing Dsi Rom Games Online there. It's all about muddying the water and doing anything to avoid ever giving any money to the artists, writers, musicians, actors, directors, film makers or anyone else.
Because any dollar that goes to them can't go to Big Search, Big Piracy or Big Hardware. That's a horrible analogy. That fact (and quite honestly most facts in general) is largely irrelevant to people like them. When you are a member of a (in their words) 'group of apologists' (in this case copyright maximalists) who are ' ready to twist everything into some terrible infringement' and live your life viewing everything through a set of preconceived blinders, you simply assume that's how everyone sees the world.
No amount of logic, reason, or facts is going to sway their opinions, or change their judgements. The fact is their arguments are so weak, their assumptions so unsupported by tested data, and the actions of the entertainment industry so anti-creator and anti-consumer that I know dozens, if not hundreds of people like myself who have gone from being very pro-copyright to extremely anti-copyright, but I know of nobody, personally, their arguments have ever swayed to their ideologies. They do more to injure their own cause then anything 'pirates' could do to 'hurt' them. Pirate Bay is full of piracy. They admit it.
They're proud of it. They have some elaborate rationalization about how they've found some loophole, but they're not shy about it. They call themselves 'Pirate Bay', after all. So you don't need to do much of an investigation. I'm guessing they did an investigation and found that it was a bunch of folks who thumb their nose at responsibility and have no care about getting along with others or respect the hard work of others.
If the police got confused, Pirate Bay has only themselves to blame for their elaborate games of denial and finger pointing and loophole searching. Bob, you're so full of shit. Let's imagine that you set up a legit business in the front hall of a brothel, a crackhouse or an illegal casino. Let's imagine you know how the internet works, and you stop making up stupid analogies that don't work. But on the Internet, Big Piracy, Big Search and Big Hardware love to support organizations like Pirate Bay and so they support apologists like this who continue to come up with sophistic schemes to try to pretend that someone is somehow being censored or having their civil rights violated. No, bobby, *not* wrong. Was there speech?
What it illegal speech? Is it being blocked by the government? It is censorship.
I'd just simply love to read why you think this isn't censorship. Love, love love. Please tell us. It will be doublespeak gold. Shutting down Pirate Bay is just like shutting down a mob boss who orders his underlings to kill by giving them a pointer to the victim. That mob boss may just be speaking, that mob boss may just be expressing an opinion about who should die, but the courts aren't fooled by your First Amendment sophistry.
Accessories to crimes go to jail all of the time even though the only thing they did was open their mouth during the planning stages. Only the loons around here think of this as censorship. >Let's imagine that you set up a legit >business in the front hall of a brothel, >a crackhouse or an illegal casino. Analogy fail. The Promo Bay was not hosted alongside of or in the 'front hall' of the Pirate Bay. It's operated completely independently. >It's all about muddying the water and doing >anything to avoid ever giving any money to >the artists Except for the fact that in this case, it's the artists themselves that are making their material available on the Promo Bay and are reaping the rewards.
The only ones who aren't getting paid are the middleman gatekeepers (Big Content) who are cut out of the process. Which, of course, is the *real* reason they want to shut it down. Piracy is just the excuse, and a dishonest one at that, considering there is *no* piracy at all on the Promo Bay. I'm trying to follow your analogy, but I'm lost. First of all, it's impossible to set up a legit business in the same building as an illegal one and call it legit. Secondly, people would care if, in Bizzaro World, you can open a legit shop, because it's circumventing due process, unless the warrant seizes the whole property, which is allowed.
Thing is here: DUE PROCESS is the point. Those who shut down access to a website don't do so because of DUE PROCESS, but rather the belief it's okay to trounce the law for the sake of stupidity. Pirate Bay isn't a piracy site. Users of TPB are at fault. By your logic, with the analogy above, every road in America would be shut down because they all lead to the brothel, crackhouse, or illegal casino.
Suits me just fine. No more rush hour traffic. Let's imagine that you set up a legit business in the front hall of a brothel, a crackhouse or an illegal casino. Oh that's right. Brothels are illegal in the USA. Silly me I thought we were talking about world wide organisations and not specifically USA based enterprises.
Or are you suggesting that the USA should tell the rest of the world that brothels need to be legal now? Should we have a 'War on Brothels'? As for the promo bay. It's controlled by an Australian who is now getting lots of legal advice for what to do to the UK ISP's if they are intentionally blocking a legitimate and LEGAL Business.
Also I see you, like the rest of your ilk in the *AA's, really hate the idea of due process since you seem to think that a legitimate business should be locked up with the likes of the crack heads etc. I hope you know EVERYTHING your own associates are involved in, who knows one day you might be charged for having a vapourous association with them too. We can only hope hey [ ] •. Exchanging sex for money in a safe place between consenting adults? The oldest profession is hardly a crime. Exchanging drugs for money? Not a priori criminal either.
Gambling for money? Again, not a priori criminal. Sharing & building upon mankind's culture without respect to an 18th century privilege? Such cultural liberty is everyone's birthright - essential to us, to mankind. The privilege that abridges our liberty is the crime. Prostitution, drugs, and gambling are sometimes proscribed because people have a problem with them.
'Ignoring our monopolies' is being made into a crime because corporations and their anachronistic laws have a problem with people. People have a problem with corporations and their unethical privileges. When it comes to people and sociopathic legal artifices, the former abolishes the latter - eventually. 'So either it's been blocked because its association with The Pirate Bay is enough to goad the UK recording industry into unthinking action, or else it's happened by mistake.'
Alternative explanation: The music industry doesn't want independent artists, especially as the Internet continues to render music publishers increasingly irrelevant. The association with the Pirate Bay is just a convenient excuse. This kind of censorship is what happens when you have a system that treats people as guilty until proven innocent and gives them little or no opportunity to prove themselves innocent.
Blocking a site like that makes no sense whatsoever if you assume the whole objection to piracy is one of 'protecting the artists' and making sure artists get paid for their work, given the whole point of that site is to get artists well known and listened to, thereby increasing their ability to make money off of their music. However, if you go off the assumption that the basis of the objections to piracy is not one of profits for the artists, but rather a fight over control of both artists and profits for the middle-men, then blocking a site like that makes perfect sense.
My thoughts exactly. This isn't about 'stamping out piracy,' no, this is clearly about preventing independent artists from promoting their work on the internet. IOW, corporate-instituted censorship. I thought that governments were supposed to enforce anti-monopoly laws but now it seems clear that they're actively enforcing a major label hegemony. From what I understand the site 'The Promo Bay' hasn't been shut down but rather blocked, so I'm assuming that there are ways around it, e.g. I'm thinking that an organization like The Pirate Bay, Megaupload, etc.
Should decide to help out some non-profit society that helps children with disabilities. Offer to donate a webserver to them to host their website and cover the bandwidth with an IP address in the same block as their other servers. That way when the RIAA/MPAA/FBI/ICE/etc. Go overboard and start blocking everything, you could bring up the fact that their lazy or wide stroke censorship is hurting 'the children!' If it's good enough for countries to build military/terrorist installations next to orphanages/hospitals it should be good enough for the Internet too. =P *This is not to be taken seriously* [ ] •.
Of course it's about control. If they can censor their would-be competition in the market, i.e. Independent artists, they can monopolize the entire market. I guess it burns them that over 30% of all music revenue from the last year was for independent artists and that their numbers are steadily rising. Heck, nobody wants to sign a label deal. I certainly wouldn't. Who can blame us?
The internet has stolen the labels' thunder, so all that's left for them is to lean on pappa government to enforce their monopoly. Their sense of entitlement is deplorable. They're attempting to dictate via copyright enforcement who sinks and swims in the industry, rather than allowing the consumers to make that decision. Clearly they're afraid of the independent culture. Too bad that for them that we're not going anywhere! Of course it's about control. If they can censor their would-be competition in the market, i.e.
Independent artists, they can monopolize the entire market. I guess it burns them that over 30% of all music revenue from the last year was for independent artists and that their numbers are steadily rising. Heck, nobody wants to sign a label deal. I certainly wouldn't.
Who can blame us? The internet has stolen the labels' thunder, so all that's left for them is to lean on pappa government to enforce their monopoly. Their sense of entitlement is deplorable. They're attempting to dictate via copyright enforcement who sinks and swims in the industry, rather than allowing the consumers to make that decision.
Clearly they're afraid of the independent culture. Too bad that for them that we're not going away without a fight! So either it's been blocked because its association with The Pirate Bay is enough to goad the UK recording industry into unthinking action, or else it's happened by mistake.>/i>(Emphasis added)I hope that is shorthand for 'the UK recording industry filed charges of copyright infringement, which were duly investigated by the police/courts who then ordered the site to be blocked' because otherwise why isn't the scary bit that the UK recording industry have any kind of power or authority to do anything like that? [ ] Add Your Comment.
While movie studios and record labels would have you think that torrents are a threat to the movie and music industries, thousands of independent artists. That's why more than 5,000 musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers and artists have signed up to be promoted by The Pirate Bay, the world's largest torrent site, based out of Sweden. Earlier this year, shortly after the Internet thought it had claimed victory over, the FBI began, including one of the world's biggest in MegaUpload. To avoid being shut down, The Pirate Bay was forced to switch from the.org domain to the Swedish domain.se, since U.S. Law enforcement agencies can seize U.S.-owned domain names, but the company also wanted to combat a negative image. In turn, The Pirate Bay introduced a for artists called The Promo Bay, which let independent artists reach tens of millions of people by offering favorable advertising spots on the The Pirate Bay's home page. The response to The Pirate Bay's promotion platform has been overwhelming: the company has already received more than 5,000 applications from artists; 90 percent of all submissions have apparently come from musicians, and 95 percent of those musicians are male.
Thus far we've done 14 regular campaigns in three countries each and eight worldwide promotions, said Winston from The Pirate Bay, in an. When we started the project the plan was to do a few worldwide promotions a year, but the submissions have been too good. So now we're gonna do the worldwide promos every weekend and some regulars every now and then. So far, The Pirate Bay's promos have been very successful for the featured artists., who was one of the first featured artists on The Promo Bay, said the boost from The Pirate Bay helped him add 4,000 new Facebook fans and 85,000 new views on his video. Filmmaker Tomas Vergara got a healthy boost from The Promo Bay, with his short film The Chase earning more than 250,000 views in three days. When I had a reply saying that they liked it and I'd have a worldwide display on The Pirate Bay homepage, I pulled off my hair, Vergara said. I think its been a while since I've opened my eyes that wide. Now 'The Chase' is having massive exposure.
I'm so damn happy. This is the kind of things you were not expecting in life, I guess.
Winston said that his initial plan for The Promo Bay has changed, he said it's all about looking for quality content, as well as diversity. He hopes The Pirate Bay can help transform a few artists' lives for the better. The future will show what the impact of the Pirate Bay promotions is. I'm absolutely certain that at least 2 or 3 of them have become superstars by then, Winston said.
We're one of the worlds top 60 sites in the Internet. This brings us a responsibility to use the site to do something good. When I think about it, it's insane that all the other top 100 sites only blast ads and self-centered stuff on their front pages. The MPAA, which represents the film industry, and the RIAA, representing the music industry, still aim to dismantle The Pirate Bay, by claiming the site has caused millions in damages and lost revenue. They also say The Pirate Bay's administrators repeatedly ignored requests to stop distributing their copyrighted material. Many organizations have threatened to take The Pirate Bay to court.
From anti-piracy firms like Web Sheriff to the International Olympic Committee, many groups have asked The Pirate Bay to remove infringing content from its site. Individual countries such as Belgium, Norway, and the Netherlands have all tried to block the site, some more unsuccessfully than others. More times than not, even when governments order their ISPs to close all doors to the site, The Pirate Bay's engineers still manage to open a window for its users. Whatever happens with the domain we use or will have to move to in the future is not important, The Pirate Bay said. The fight we're doing is important.
And you're all part of it, every one of you. Let's keep going! The Promo Bay has become a great way for The Pirate Bay to prove the movie and music industries, critics, and the world that The Pirate Bay is more than just a pirate site.
We do this for fun and for the love of culture, so we're everything the major labels are not, Winston said.