Pirate Bay’s move to North Korea confirmed a hoax

By | Published on Monday 11 March 2013

The Pirate Bay

The people currently running The Pirate Bay last week confirmed that an earlier announcement, that the set-up would be taking up an offer to host the site in North Korea after legal pressure forced the Swedish Pirate Party to withdraw net services, was a hoax.

As expected, the announcement – and an accompanying IT trick to make it look like the Bay was now being hosted in North Korea to people who made just a cursory check – was designed to make a political point. Bay supporters equate the copyright enforcement of Western entertainment companies with censorship, hence the lark of pretending that in order to battle that action the Bay was having to rely on the North Korean regime, known in the West as one of the world’s most prolific censors.