The Swedish government has gone to war with The Pirate Bay again

Pirate dogReuters PicturesThis dog is not believed to be connected to The Pirate Bay.

The Swedish government is appealing a court decision that barred it from shutting down thepiratebay.se domain, the main way to access The Pirate Bay, The Register reports.

This decision comes after months of tense legal action with multiple parties seeking to shut down The Pirate Bay forever, using any method that’s available. The government recently petitioned Sweden’s domain registry service — which is responsible for the .se domain — arguing that by allowing The Pirate Bay access, it was contributing to copyright infringement.

However, this ruling was challenged and the domains continue to exist — thepiratebay.se currently redirects to thepiratebay.vg — meaning that anyone can still access the torrent files available.

The Swedish domain registry service refused to suspend thepiratebay.se, and associated domains, on legal principle. The CEO, Danny Aerts, wrote in a blog post that: “Removing domain names from the address sphere is like removing the sign for a store in the city. It will be harder for customers to locate the store, but the store nevertheless remains in place and customers who manage to get there can still shop there.”

The upshot of the latest legal case is that The Pirate Bay can own thepiratebay.se but it cannot be used to host the website, meaning that TPB simply uses it to redirect to other domains. Predictably, Swedish litigators are not happy and are seeking to appeal the decision.

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