YARRR!! There be pirates… in the wee Pirate Bay!
A few days ago the website TorrentFreak posted an article confirming the impending return of the tenacious Pirate Bay, though there appears to have been a mutiny that needed quelling.
Many staffers of TPB over the last decade were likely greatly looking forward to the site relaunching especially after they found out that the site would be smaller, leaner and easier to manage, but that also meant that the staffing levels would need to reflect this as well. Needless to say these loyal crew members feel a bit betrayed and have been vocal in their displeasure with the decision, in so far as they feel disappointed to have been keelhauled (last one I promise) from a site which they have been maintaining passionately for up to a decade now.
Some of these former staffers have vowed to launch their own full version of TPB using a backup of the previous incarnation. And by “full” they mean as compared to the official site relaunch, and likely as close as possible to the previous. I do hope that it takes advantage of better UI design, personally speaking.
The splinter group is warning the community to be weary of malware and fake torrents on the relaunched official TPB, and while it may merely seem like a little bitterness and building hype for their own site. While that is a likely side-effect, it’s also because those who did get let go were the ones who scoured the site for these harmful items.
Whether or not you used TPB or even agree with it’s existence, it is a site that changed modern internet behavior. The Pirate Bay managed to worm it’s way into the modern lexicon, making it a site that is known by even those who avoid the internet altogether.