I think this is absolutely freaking hilarious. A friend pointed me to a traceroute to the PirateBay.org – which shows an awesome host name for their domain. I’ve included the traceroute below for your viewing pleasure. But if you need a little background first:

For those of you who don’t know, the PirateBay.org makes .torrent files available via a search-based interface. They don’t actually host any content themselves, and are for all intents and purposes, an indexing service just like Google. However, the RIAA and MPAA hate them, because often those .torrents point to copyrighted material. This isn’t the PirateBay’s fault – they just index pointers to data – not the data itself. Google indexes copyrighted material though, and they even cache it on their servers, and you don’t hear the MPAA or RIAA going after Google, do you!?!?

Anyway, the PirateBay.org server farm was hosted in Sweden until the U.S. government pressured Swedish law enforcement to raid it. Under Swedish law, what the Pirate Bay is doing is perfectly legal – they’re not storing or serving any copyrighted material, which gives them the green light under their country’s legal system. But, the Swedish cops caved under US pressure. Incidentally, this seriously pisses off Swedish citizens – they don’t have enough police to service their own country, and here is a large police team, under pressure from the big bad Americans, wasting government time and money to stop a perfectly legal service, just because the U.S. thinks their laws should be followed everywhere.

The raid team also confiscated servers in the same rack space that didn’t belong to PirateBay.org, really !#&@%ing up about 200 other Swedish businesses. This pissed the Swedes off even more.

So, after all this, what happened? The piratebay.org just moved their servers to another country, and were up and running in less than 2 days! I LOVE the internet.

So, the following traceroute shows you what you (and what any MPAA or RIAA employees) would see when trying to find the machine that hosts piratebay.org:

TraceRoute to 83.140.176.146 [piratebay.org]
Hop (ms) (ms) (ms) IP Address Host name
1 1 0 0 66.98.244.1 gphou-66-98-244-1.ev1.net
2 0 0 0 66.98.241.16 gphou-66-98-241-16.ev1.net
3 1 1 0 38.99.206.173 -
4 1 1 1 66.28.64.61 g0-1.core01.iah01.atlas.cogentco.com
5 28 27 27 154.54.2.14 p13-0.core01.ord01.atlas.cogentco.com
6 81 47 47 66.28.4.109 p14-0.core01.bos01.atlas.cogentco.com
7 124 126 124 130.117.0.45 p3-0.core01.lon02.atlas.cogentco.com
8 124 124 124 130.117.1.78 ten3-2.mpd01.lon01.atlas.cogentco.com
9 146 146 146 195.66.224.243 -
10 156 155 156 83.140.176.146 hey.mpaa.and.apb.bite.my.shiny.metal.ass.thepiratebay.org

Trace complete

That is just so freaking cool. If you want to show your support for these guys, buy a t-shirt from their online store, or donate some raw cash.