The Pirate Bay is the most popular torrent site on the Internet, with over 10 million visitors a month.
But while the site has been credited with some of the most famous crimes of the 21st century, it’s also been accused of perpetrating crimes against the internet and copyright.
One of the more notable is the Pirate Bay’s alleged involvement in the 2007 movie “The Island,” which depicts a pirate-focussed attack on the US Navy ship USS Cole.
The film, which was released in the US on July 2, 2007, was widely criticised for its depiction of pirates on board the Cole, and the US Naval Service’s official response was to cancel the film.
Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm later admitted in an interview with the Australian newspaper the Age that he had “never met or talked to the crew of the Cole” in the movie.
However, Mr Svarstolm insisted he was not responsible for the destruction of the ship, and said he only wanted to “fatten his own pockets”.
He said: “I was a young man in the late 80s, early 90s, and we did not see anything that we did [in the film] that was wrong.”
I don’t want to be associated with it.
I didn’t want anyone to get hurt, I didn- I didn.
“But I think we made a movie that was pretty bad.
I’m sure we would have done the same thing.””
We’re just making money off it.
According to Mr Svanstolms lawyer, Matthew Brown, the Pirate Busters are “not the most well known or well known pirates of the time”.
“The Bay was a little bit different than the rest of the Internet,” he told the Age.
“The site was much more of a community and people were getting involved and helping each other out.”
Mr Brown went on to say that Pirate Bay had a reputation for being a pirate site that would be used to steal content.
However the company has also been linked to crimes.
In February 2007, an alleged cyber-stalking incident between an Australian woman and a pirate who allegedly used his account to stalk her was linked to Pirate Bay.
The Australian woman, named as “K”, was allegedly stalked online by a user named “The Pirate”.
The woman was contacted by a person using the alias “K” on a number of occasions, who repeatedly tried to convince her to meet with him at a hotel in Perth, allegedly offering to pay for a taxi and hotel accommodation.
K was also allegedly contacted by someone using the “Theft Bot” account on Pirate Bay, who used his real name to attempt to collect ransom money from her.
The “Thesis” account is still active on Pirate Bases sites.
The woman contacted the authorities in Australia and told authorities that she was being stalked and harassed by the Pirate Bot.
Police launched an investigation and the investigation was later revealed to have been the result of an online chat between two people using the PirateBay user name “ThePirateBusters” – a reference to the infamous “The Reef” raid in which the FBI and US Marshals seized the notorious “Theresailor” DVD.
However it was not until May 2009 that Australian authorities formally identified the site as the perpetrator behind the “stalking” incident.
The court case, which ultimately resulted in a conviction against the alleged hacker, is still pending.
In 2011, a former Pirate Bay user who claimed to be an FBI informant claimed that his former colleague was involved in a cyber-attack on the site.
The user, who has not been identified, said he had worked for the FBI for five years and that his employer “was working with the FBI” in order to obtain data from the site to support an FBI investigation.
The former employee said that the FBI had contacted him via Skype, and that he told them he had done a hacking operation.
The FBI confirmed to The Australian that it had contacted the former employee.