updated 04:55 pm EDT, Mon August 24, 2009
The Pirate Bay now offline
The Pirate Bay torrent site, following its loss in a Swedish court, has now gone offline, after the site's Internet Service Provider was ordered by the court to take it offline. The ISP, Black Internet, faced a fine equivalent to $70,600 for not complying with the law. The Pirate Bay operators have found another ISP, however, with the service expected to come back online on Tuesday.
The Pirate Bay operators maintain the Swedish court has broken laws as well as violated human rights by ordering the take-down of their site. According to a source at The Pirate Bay, t-shirts like the one shown below will be sent to those responsible for taking down the torrent hosting site.
The Pirate Bay's four founders were ordered to pay fines totaling $3.62 million and one-year prison terms in the court decision, which passed in mid-April. [via TorrentFreak]