Look who’s back – The Pirate Bay’s iconic .SE domain
One of the world’s most notorious domain name, thepiratebay.se that had expired last week and was deactivated is back in action. According to latest reports by TorrentFreak, the Pirate Bay’s .SE domain is active and running and is redirecting all its visitors to the original domain – ‘thepiratebay.org’.
As per the Whois information, the Pirate Bay’s .SE domain was reactivated on October 23, 2017 and has been updated until October 7, 2018. However, it is still unclear whether The Pirate Bay had listed the deactivation or was it done on behalf of the Swedish Court of Appeals due to pending Supreme Court ruling in the current domain name battle.
For those unaware, back in 2013, local anti-piracy groups in Sweden had filed a motion asking to seize control of thepiratebay.se. Despite the legal issues, the .SE domain turned out to be a safer haven than most alternatives opted by The Pirate Bay that were either seized or closed without prior notice. After a lengthy legal battle, the Swedish Supreme Court ruled that the .SE domain should be confiscated by the state. As the Supreme Court appeal is still pending, the lock down on the .SE domain prohibited the owner from changing or transferring it, which in turn explains why it expired on October 7, 2017.
Also, since the domain’s forfeiture has yet to take place, it means that the domain would have to be made available to the public. The Pirate Bay has yet to comment on the expiration and re-registration of the Swedish domain. If the admins have not re-registered the site, then it can be picked by anyone else, points out TorrentFreak, which is likely happened this time.
In the meantime, the good news for The Pirate Bay lovers is that the .SE domain is active and running until any other development takes place. Keep watching this space for more updates.