Notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is urging users in the UK to circumvent a block on its services, after the British High Court ruled that the site infringes copyright “on a massive scale”.
The Pirate Bay’s founders said that users can set up anonymous connections using a virtual provate network (VPN). Alternatively, they can use a closed private network of computers, known as a darknet, or change their DNS settings with OpenDNS.
“Don’t forget that we can’t allow this shit to happen,” said TPB in a statement on its website. “Next time they’re coming for something else. And yes, there will be a next time if we don’t stop them.”
Earlier this week, UK internet service providers including Sky, O2, Virgin Media, Everything Everywhere, and TalkTalk were ordered to block access to TPB, after High Court judge Mr Justice Arnold ruled that the site sanctions the infringements of copyright committed by its users.
BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said at the time that sites like The Pirate Bay “destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists.”
However, TPB has accused the High Court of censorship, claiming that “no copyright is being infringed upon here at the site.” While TPB does assist in making copyrighted content available by allowing users to search for magnet links, it does not host any copyrighted content itself.
TPB said that this point had been ignored in the High Court, and no one from TPB was invited to put forward a defence in court, “which would be normal to do in a democracy.”
“The Western countries of the world all complaints about the censorship in Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and so on. But they are really the worst culprits themselves, having double morals in doing an even worse thing themselves,” said TPB’s statement.
“Five ISPs got sued by the record companies to force them to block us … We are simply competitors that they just managed to squeeze out of their market, in a maffiesque way.”
The Pirate Bay is now encouraging users in the UK to write to their members of parliament and Internet service providers to complain about the issue.
A recent report by Lund University’s Cybernorms research group in Sweden reveals that, since 2009, there has been a 40 percent rise in the number of 15- to 25-year-olds using VPN services, such as The Pirate Bay’s iPredator, to anonymize their free sharing of music and movies.
Commenting on the research, independent music analyst Mark Mulligan told BBC News that VPNs could become the next front in the battle against piracy.