If you haven’t been living under a rock in the past few weeks, you should be well aware of the mass shutdown of Swedish BitTorrent trackers by now. Sweden’s BitTorrent scene sort of collapsed after Pirate Bay lost the first round of the legal battle about a week ago. More than 18 private torrent trackers were shut down, including popular sites such as SweDVDR, SoftMP3 and SceneHD. However, it seems that some trackers have decided not to go down without a fight - At least two Swedish trackers (Swepiracy and Piratetorrents) seem to be in the process of moving their servers to come back online under a new host.
Swepiracy, a popular Swedish general tracker now display the following message on its homepage (http://www.swepiracy.nu):
Swepiracy will be reborn with a new owner from a new country. Be patient and do not forget to vote.
Although I'm not sure what ‘don't’ forget to vote’ means, the first part of the message is clear enough – the site will be reborn.
Also set to return is the popular General tracker PirateTorrents. At the time of shut down Piratetorrents had close to 20000 members and tracked over 15000 torrents. Following message (translated from Swedish) is now displayed on the site homepage (http://www.piratetorrents.nu/):
We are currently moving servers and it will be better than the previous setup! By 29/4 everything should be ready and back online. All accounts will be retained – only the servers will be moved to a new home.
It’s always good to see trackers rise from the ashes and give anti piracy agencies the finger. Hopefully other sites that have shut down too will be able to come back online in the near future.