The Pirate Bay
|The Pirate Bay|
|Archiving status||Not saved yet|
|IRC channel||(on EFnet)|
The Pirate Bay is one of the largest and most popular torrent search engines. It's still having persistent legal problems. The tracker went down in November, but the site still serves torrents and magnet links. If a torrent is lost, it becomes impossible to connect to other computers distributing the shared files. Considering that there are links to TPB on THIS VERY PAGE, this site is pretty dang important.
Since the Pirate Bay is only a search engine nowadays, it would be preferable to simply scrape the magnet links, descriptions, and comments. Since the magnet links also include a tracker address, torrent files might just be a thing of the past (might be wrong though, but the Pirate Bay itself seems to be betting on it)
We're going to have to make our own tools if we ever want to backup the entire Pirate Bay. To make it usable, we would also have to make it easily editable and searchable, perhaps with website scripts...
A good idea would be to put magnet links, comments, and the descriptions into a Markdown-formatted wikipage, and then check the files into a git repository. Then, we could simply run the Gollum wiki engine on it, and voila, Pirate Bay on the go.
Of course, we would have to make a few modifications to Gollum, such as getting it to support tags. catergories, and other metadata essential to searching such a huge database. It shouldn't be too hard, though.
Existing Archival Tools
- The Pirate Bay Scraper - An old set of scripts that saves torrents and their metadata from the Pirate Bay into PHP websites, complete with a SQL database and bzipped torrents. It was instrumental to the creation of the 2009 Pirate Bay Archive