13 Jun 2006
Pirate Bay, the Swedish site at the centre of a huge controversy surrounding illegal downloads and sharing, has come back in even stronger shapes since the problems it encountered a fortnight ago. It was closed for several days after its offices were raided by Swedish law enforcement officers at the end of May, but now reports claim that its traffic has actually doubled once it went back online with servers based in the Netherlands. Since the site reappeared online it has been experiencing some technical difficulties and sometimes was inaccessible.
However, the sites administrators have claimed that the problems were actually due to higher visitor numbers, rather than any legal problems it may have had. They also have defiantly promised to fix the problems and come back and "rule the seas again!"
Events surrounding the closure of Pirate Bay provoked a huge outcry in Sweden, where a national debate is ongoing regarding the legality and morality of downloading copyrighted material. Politicians have got in on the act, while surveys reveal that more than three-quarters of Swedes aged 18-20 think that downloading is OK. Interestingly, the survey that was published in the Swedish press was carried out a week before the raids on Pirate Bay offices. This means these results were not affected by the events that included mass demonstrations and even possible attacks against government and police websites. The issue of downloading has even crossed the partisan barrier, uniting both the left and the right of the Swedish political spectrum, claim reports in national media.
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