The Pirate Bay is down this morning after reports of raids across Europe.
According to thinq.co.uk, police in up to 14 countries raided locations suspected of housing file sharing servers or equipment.
The seemingly invulnerable site has survived a number of attacks from copyright holders through the courts, and has become a beacon for file sharers and those who disagree with the position of content creators about the internet.
Predictably, most of the raids occurred in Sweden, although raids are said to have taken place in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Britain, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
The big question remains where the authorities will turn next once prosecution takes place. The Pirate Bay may yet survive this action, since reports are already rife that the site is back up even though the trackers are still down.
Even if The Pirate Bay were to be obsoleted, other torrent trackers remain, plus the many other sources of piracy such as Usenet and IRC.The sum total of this morning’s action is the questioning of four individuals, which again brings into question the cost and effort required to even attempt to address the worldwide problem of piracy