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Pirate Bay Moves to North Korea, Maybe

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Pirate Bay, the file-sharing website, said that it was now operating from North Korea.

The announcement came just weeks after Pirate Bay (TPB) lost its appeal in a Swedish court and subsequently changed to an ".se" domain to avoid US prosecution.

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It also comes after the site lost hosting from the Swedish Pirate Party due to legal pressure from copyright holders, reported Foreign Policy. Torrent Freak reported that the company had recently been invited by North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un to set-up virtual shop in the country.

The group even changed their logo to reflect their new affiliation.On their pirate ship logo, a North Korean flag flies on its sails.

The Pirate Bay said in a statement that even they find their move rather odd: "This is truly an ironic situation. We have been fighting for a free world, and our opponents are mostly huge corporations from the United States of America, a place where freedom and freedom of speech is said to be held high."

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That said, several commentators thought the move may be an elaborate hoax by the company. Bloggers believe they have uncovered the hoax here.

Foreign Policy said that a few years back the company joked that it was being hosted from the North Korean embassy. If that's true, then TPB has decided to make this joke a little more elaborate, including using bold statements about internet freedom.

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The founders wrote: "The Pirate Bay has been hunted in many countries around the world. Not for illegal activities but being persecuted for beliefs of freedom of information. Today, a new chapter is written in the history of the movement, as well as the history of the internet."