The Pirate Bay was founded in Sweden and for the last three years it has getting its Internet access from the Swedish Pirate Party. But now potential police action against the Pirate Party has forced The Pirate Bay to get its bandwidth from friends in Spain and Norway.
TorrentFreak reported that The Pirate Bay will now be getting bandwidth from the Pirate Parties of Norway and the Catalonia region of Spain. The file-sharing site has been hosted in a cloud system for several years, and the location of its physical servers remains a mystery, but its Internet access has been provided by the Swedish Pirate Party.
The Rights Alliance, an anti-piracy group, said in a phone call that the Swedish Pirate Party faced legal action if it continued to work with The Pirate Bay. The Swedish Pirate Party was given until Tuesday to comply with the request, notes TorrentFreak.
The Pirate Bay said in a statement on Facebook: “We have though, enjoyed the great company of the swedish Pirate party. As they have gotten a severe legal threat (that will cost a lot to defend against) we’ve taken the decision to move on to Norway and Spain.”
The parting was by mutual accord, and TorrentFreak cites the legal costs the party would incur to respond to litigation from the Rights Alliance. The Pirate Bay expected such a move and had a contingency plan in place.
On relocating to Spain and Norway, a Pirate Bay spokeswoman called Winona spoke to TorrentFreak saying, “It will be interesting to see who is now blamed for hosting TPB. In the end, maybe the anti-interneterians will understand that they can’t win a fight when they have the people against them.”
Recent court decisions in Norway will allow The Pirate Bay to operate without fear.