The Pirate Bay's Downloading Ship Vows Never to Sink

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Everyone's favorite law-dodging, file-sharing site The Pirate Bay isn't bothered one bit by a recent High Court decision that threatens to ban the service in the United Kingdom. Instead, the Swedish nonprofit is moving away from the use of torrent files, preferring the more secure "magnet" format instead. "Before you go 'oh ma goood why why why?!!!', please understand that it's a necessary move in the saga known as The Pirate Bay," the organization posted on Facebook. "Not having torrents will be a bit cheaper for us but it will also make it harder for our common enemies to stop us (which they can't)."

As haughty as it sounds, The Pirate Bay may be right. Though its lost several court cases worldwide, threatening its existence, The Pirate Bay has always managed to find a way to stay afloat thanks, in part, to Sweden's famously tolerant position on file-sharing. (The country even has an official religion for it!) And if all else fails -- that is, if The Pirate Bay is shut down -- they can always move their servers to the independent nation of Sealand. It's a floating bucket of rust in the international waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where pretty much anything goes.


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