Two weeks after Swedish forces forayed into The Pirate Bay's data center and severed its servers to ultimately scotch its reign in the torrent world, the site was re-emerged by torrent enthusiasts who refuse to see it all go down.
The teardown, it seems, has been quite ineffective as tons of The Pirate Bay copies sprouted almost instantly. Among these is The Open Bay, developed by fellow torrent giant, isoHunt, to preserve the databases of the fallen site. For the uninitiated, The Open Bay allows everyone, regardless of his level of savvy on the Internet, to put up their own copy of The Pirate Bay with backup databases from the original The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, and Kickass Torrents. This spawned 372 different versions of the torrent site. Tweaktown reported that IsoHunt's work has been starred 2,282 times and that GitHub saw it forked 679 times.
IsoHunt has been fighting for The Pirate Bay's life, and has been calling everyone to do something about the downfall of the enduring torrent website. The Open Bay became the venue for them to do that.
"Our current goal is not only make it open source, but eventually provide fully decentralized torrent database for the community," isoHunt stated in the site. "We, the team that brought you Isohunt.to and oldpiratebay.org, are bringing you the next step in the torrent evolution. Open Pirate Bay source code. The era of individual torrent sites is over."
The return of the original The Pirate Bay, however, is yet to be set in stone. Mr 10100100000, who claims to be part of the site's team, shared that the takedown is anything but a bolt from the blue, which everyone thinks it is.
"We have however taken this opportunity to give ourselves a break. How long are we supposed to keep going? To what end? We were a bit curious to see how the public would react," Mr 10100100000 told Torrent Freak. "Will we reboot? We don't know yet. But if and when we do, it'll be with a bang."
The site's domain was off for days, until a waving flag of the torrent king replaced the error message that used to show up upon access, indicating that a comeback might be on the horizon.