The site, as usual, was back up within hours at a new address
Pirate Bay, the hard-to-kill illegal file-sharing portal, was taken offline on Tuesday, following a police raid on a server room in Stockholm.
The torrent site reappeared just hours later, at a new address hosted in Costa Rica, The Verge reports. Torrentfreak.com originally reported the website’s takedown.
“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm,” read a statement from Paul Pintér, Stockholm police’s national coordinator for IP enforcement. “This is in connection with violations of copyright law.”
Pirate Bay has played a whack-a-mole game with authorities for years, disappearing only to reappear with a different domain name. Yet it had been consistently online for the past few months, appearing to have dogged authorities and settled into a permanent home.
But if the website has proved hard to nix, its founders have been easier catches for authorities. Co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm was in October sentenced to three and a half years in prison on an earlier copyright-related charge, and four other co-founders were also arrested this year.