The Pirate Bay, the most popular file-sharing website in the world, has yet to go back up since police raided its servers in Stockholm, Sweden on December 9, 2014. Longtime users have been awaiting news from The Pirate Bay group, which has only given a short message in December 15, saying that they were still thinking about whether to resurrect the site. Its cause remains alive, however, thanks to The Open Bay, a revolutionary project created by the isoHunt team.
The makers of isoHunt and oldpiratebay.org bring what they call the next step in torrent evolution. The Open Bay, as the name suggests, allows virtually anyone to host their own version of The Pirate Bay on their own domain. With the open source code and easy setup, even a person with minimal knowledge of the Internet and website creation can clone The Pirate Bay. It has garnered a lot of attention from people across the globe, making it GitHub’s most popular project ever.
A Call To Arms
This project has been initiated by the isoHunt team to express a simple idea: the raids and shutdowns of popular torrent sites must teach users a valuable lesson, and that is to shift from exclusively using large file-sharing platforms to creating a network that is truly global. A worldwide community of torrent users would make the industry far stronger, possibly deterring authorities from specifically targeting large torrent sites.
The Open Bay calls out to the entire torrent community to support their cause and spearhead this revolution. Ultimately, they plan to offer a fully decentralized torrent database and create a website that users across the globe would want to use.
Users have the option of improving their versions of The Pirate Bay. The standard release features oldpiratebay.org’s theme. The database dump currently has over 8 million torrent links, nearly three times that of the original Pirate Bay. The large discrepancy comes from the fact that The Open Bay uses a database that includes files from Isohunt.to and KickassTorrents. Some features of the The Pirate Bay are not available as of now such as descriptions and leaving comments.
It would be interesting to see how far this project would come. Because of the numerous shutdowns of major file-sharing sites over the past couple of years, people have become aware of the risks that come with hosting a torrent site. Hosting a Pirate Bay clone exposes the owner to possible legal risks. Will The Open Bay succeed in transforming the torrent landscape which has been frozen for a decade now? Only time will tell.
Down But Not Out
Meanwhile, the original Pirate Bay has also been making a lot of noise, despite being down for almost a month now. On December 22, the site has come alive, displaying a timer counting up from when their servers have been raided. But on New Year’s Day, they updated their main page. It now displays a timer which counts down to February 1. Many are now hoping that the site would be back up when the timer ends. The page also has a “WeAreTPB” banner, seemingly indicating that the group is still alive and well.
Aside from the counter, there was also a BitTorrent Sync key which gave access to old The Pirate Bay files. A magnet link for a 1080p copy of the controversial comedy flick The Interview was also placed. The infamous pirate flag also had a cartoon image of Kim Jong-Un, but it has since been removed.
Many torrent users still await what The Pirate Bay has in store for its users. As the timer counts down, more updates and rumors are going to circulate within the torrent community. Will The Pirate Bay be the same old site everyone has come to love? Or will it now function similar to The Open Bay, sparking an enormous revolution that has been 10 years in the making? Want to see how to install it? Watch this…