The Pirate Bay vanishes (again)

Torrent site and online copyright infringement poster child The Pirate Bay experienced a lengthy worldwide outage on Tuesaday, reportedly following the raid of a Stockholm area data center by Swedish police.

The site dropped off the web early on Tuesday and remained unavailable for much of the day, only re-emerging in the late hours with a new URL hosted under the top-level domain for Costa Rica.

However, it appears that the site is just a mirror and the search function does not work.

Swedish authorities have kept mostly mum about the raid that apparently downed the site, including such details as the exact location of the data center involved and what sort of equipment was seized.

Stockholm County Police’s national coordinator for intellectual property crime, issued only a brief statement on Tuesday, saying: “There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law.”

“Several servers and computers were seized, but I don’t want to say exactly how many,” Ingbland said, adding, “I can’t say exactly what the crime is yet.”

This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that authorities have attacked The Pirate Bay by going after its servers. Past occasions have sent the site sailing to various domains and hosting providers around the globe, where it briefly found friendly ports under such regimes as Peru, Guayana, and the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten.

The site’s personnel have come under legal pressure, as well. Cofounder Peter Sunde was released from jail last month after serving a five-month sentence for facilitating copyright infringement, and two other Pirate Bay cofounders – Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg – are still locked up on various charges.

According to file-sharing news site TorrentFreak, at least one man may have been detained by police in connection with Tuesday’s raid.

Several other sites reportedly also went offline as a result of the raid in addition to The Pirate Bay, including, EZTV, Istole,,, Torrage, and Zoink