The Pirate Bay To Hover The High Seas
Swedish Torrent site considering deploying airborne drones over international waters as servers

Amongst all the talks of SOPA, ACTA and all the other motions the RIAA and the MPAA are forcing governments all over to enforce, The Pirate Bay, which is arguably the world’s largest piracy site, is considering moving its servers to GPS-controlled drones hovering the sea over international waters.

The admins of the Swedish torrent site announced their intentions on their blog, and even went as far as saying that this was not even the final frontier to be conquered. They concluded by stating “... when time comes we will host in all parts of the galaxy, being true to our slogan of being the galaxy's most resilient system. And all of the parts we'll use to build that system on will be downloadable.”

While some news sites are dismissing this as a publicity stunt, it could actually be a real possibility. A few months ago, The Pirate Bay announced it would stop hosting torrent files and would be moving to magnet links.

For the uninitiated, the way torrent networks work traditionally required that someone downloads a small file (called a torrent file) which contains the information needed to set up a download and its connections. A magnet link, on the other hand, sends the information to the torrent client (which is the software that processes torrent files to download the file you are downloading) directly without needing a file download.

This can save up to 15kb per download, and while this might seem insignificant, multiply it by millions of requests per hour and you can see that the savings made on bandwidth are significant. It also reduces the load on servers and now they can practically be run on computers like the Raspberry Pi, which also substantially reduces energy levels, weight, and volume needed for web servers.

Couple this to the availability of strong wireless connections that can transmit at high speeds over long distances and you can start seeing the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. We have arrived at a scenario where it is plausible and possible for piracy sites to move offshore. If you think about it, once battery technology further improves and solar panels become even more powerful, the drones could be completely self-sufficient.

It is interesting to see a website called The Pirate Bay turn full circle and go back to the methods used by pirate radios in the North Sea back in the 1960s. This was the time when the music industry was trying very hard to stop radio tuners from playing music on air because they thought it would kill their income streams from the record sales. They failed and ultimately all radio stations were allowed to regularly play music.

Do you think this is just a gimmick or is it justified that The Pirate Bay is looking for the safest haven to protect its servers?

Author: +Richard Muscat Azzopardi

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