The never ending game of international cat and mouse played out in the headlines continues... http://www.itworld.com/it-management/344896/pirate-bay-quits-sweden-relieve-pressure-bandwidth-provider
The Pirate Bay has opened two new gateways to its internal network in order to shield its current Internet provider, the Swedish Pirate Party, which had been threatened with legal action if it did not stop providing Internet access to the torrent search site by Tuesday.
The Swedish Pirate Party had provided bandwidth to The Pirate Bay for about three years because it was hard for the site to find anyone else who would do so. But last Tuesday the Rights Alliance, an organization that represents the film industry, gave it an ultimatum: The Pirate Party had to cut off Internet access to the torrent search site or face legal action.
The Pirate Bay's administrators said in a post on Facebook that, because of the legal threat and the potential cost of fighting it, "We've taken the decision to move on to Norway and Spain."
Because the Swedish Pirate Party considers the Rights Alliance's legal threat an abuse of the justice system, Troberg will recommend to a party board meeting in a few days' time that the party file a police report against the Rights Alliance for unlawful coercion, she said.
The Alliance is either trying to scare the Pirate Party into silence with the threat of a costly civil law suit, or is trying to wear it down with a lengthy and costly process, she said. "It is important to determine precisely how forgiving the system is to those who try to abuse the judicial system to silence others," she said.
Its never boring to watch the ongoing battle between super rich copyright maximalists who have money to spread around for political "donations" aka bribes and those who believe in updating the copyright model to be more reasonable to the average person in the street, I don't think we need hold our breath until we see such a radical change but it would stimulate further creativity from folks who are supposed to be protected if the time length for copyright protection was lowered, this would ensure they made many works available to the public rather than live a whole life off one or two hits and turn nasty when society in general asks them why they are not working as the rest of us do.