Under pressure from international copyright enforcers, The Pirate Bay has relocated to Iceland. The world’s largest file-sharing site moved its servers to Greenland last month but now employs an Icelandic .is domain, which will be harder to take offline.
The Pirate Bay’s operators first moved from Sweden to Greenland after anticipating that their domain would be seized by authorities. That fear became a reality after the move to Greenland earlier this month when, just days after making the switch, Tele-Post, the company responsible for domain registrations in Greenland, revoked The Pirate Bay’s rights citing “illegal” use.
The ISNIC, Iceland’s equivalent of Tele-Post, told TorrentFreak that The Pirate Bay will not be in danger of having its domain name suspended.
“The short answer is no. Such an action would require a formal order from Icelandic court,” said ISNIC’s Marius Olafsson. “ISNIC is not responsible for a registrant’s usage of their domains. This policy applies equally to any .is domain.”
The Pirate Bay’s decision comes after whistleblowing database WikiLeaks moved to an .is domain in 2010. Copyright owners will still be able to file complaints against the site - which is the most powerful torrent site online, providing gateways to music, movie and other downloads – but TorrentFreak speculated that such a process would be prohibitively exhausting for the complainant.
“There is an article in our registration rules which states that ‘the registrant is responsible for ensuring that the use of the domain is within the limits of Icelandic law as current at any time,’” Olafsson continued.
Several countries have blocked access to The Pirate Bay, and US Internet subscribers who are accused of illegally downloading something from The Pirate Bay or similar sites can have their Internet connection slowed down or even suspended.
Earlier this month Gottfrid Svartholm, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, was charged with hacking several Swedish companies and stealing personal data. Svartholm, 27, had previously been arrested in Cambodia after failing to report for a prison sentence in Sweden related to copyright infringement, to which the hacking accusations are unrelated.