Has it really been that long?

The Pirate Bay

Can't believe they have been around for 20 years now. I remember when I first went down the torrent rabbit hole. What a long journey it's been. From downloading  low resolution questionable images overnight on a 56k (YES 56K!) modem, and hoping that my parents didn't pick up the phone and kick me off the internet (it was a thing). All the way to 2023, where i just stream everything. Cause downloading stuff off the interwebs is wrong people. Duh.

Here is the intro via the Wikipedia page for TPB:

The Pirate Bay (sometimes abbreviated as TPB) is an online index of digital content of entertainment media and software. Founded in 2003 by Swedish think tank PiratbyrÄn, The Pirate Bay allows visitors to search, download, and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer, file sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol.

The Pirate Bay has sparked controversies and discussion about legal aspects of file sharing, copyright, and civil liberties and has become a platform for political initiatives against established intellectual property laws as well as a central figure in an anti-copyright movement. The website has faced several shutdowns and domain seizures, switching to a series of new web addresses to continue operating.

In April 2009, the website's founders (Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm) were found guilty in the Pirate Bay trial in Sweden for assisting in copyright infringement and were sentenced to serve one year in prison and pay a fine. In some countries, Internet service providers (ISPs) have been ordered to block access to the website. Subsequently, proxy websites have been providing access to it. Founders Svartholm, Neij, and Sunde were all released by 2015 after serving shortened sentences.

TPB is forever