The infamous torrent website The Pirate Bay had its domain name seized overnight according to a report that the site's team gave to TorrentFreak.
Not one to be left out of the mix for long, The Pirate Bay is already back up and running under a temporary .AC domain based on a small volcanic island in the mid-Atlantic called Ascension Island. The seizure of their .SX domain is most likely due to pressure from the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN, which acts on behalf of a number of copyright holders.
Just last month, BREIN contacted Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij with a letter written to inform him that the site is infringing on the laws that protect copyright holders and that their .SX domain, which was run out of Sint Maarten (the Dutch portion of the Caribbean Island of St. Martin), is under the jurisdiction of Dutch authorities.
The letter also gave the Pirate Bay team until Nov. 22, 2014 to shut down their Internet operations, threatening a fine of 25,000 euros for everyday the service remains online.
Though BREIN and The Pirate Bay obviously have a bit of a history, it is still unconfirmed as to what authority actually carried out the domain seizure. Currently, The Pirate Bay website can be accessed via their temporary .AC domain but the Pirate Bay team has shared plans to relocate to a new .PE domain based out of Peru, where they plan to re-establish their long-term operations once more.
I like to think that the (informed) Internet community is rooting for The Pirate Bay, as many see them as a mascot for a free Internet.