Last week's police raid and subsequent closure of famous torrent site, The Pirate Bay, was paraded as a major victory for the anti-piracy movement, but as it turns out, the site's shut down is proving futile.
The Internet may be missing the world's most resilient torrent site, but its absence hasn't done much to curb digital piracy. On December 8, a day before Swedish law-enforcement authorities raided TPB's office and confiscated its servers in Stockholm, approximately 101.5 million Internet addresses used torrent sites, according to data released by anti-piracy firm Excipio.
On Dec 9, the day when it all went down, Excipio's numbers did drop 99.0 million, and the decline became a bit more prominent in the next two days when the numbers dropped to 95.0 million and 95.6 million. However, once the Internet came to terms with the initial shock, normal service resumed.
On December 12, Excipio says it observed a surge in activity with numbers jumping up to 100.2 million, which is actually above the 99.9 million average.
The Pirate Bay was obviously the face of online piracy, it certainly wasn't the only BitTorrent tracker. In fact, it wasn't even the most visited torrent site at the time of its closure – it relinquished that title to Kickass Torrent last month. Hence, while TPB's seemingly permanent death was a blow, it hasn't brought a decrease in online piracy. In fact, a clone of the site is already up, thanks to rival site Isohunt.com.
It reiterates the point that taking down torrent sites is not the way to end illegal peer-to-peer sharing of copyrighted digital content.