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As UK and Dutch ISPs continue to try and block The Pirate Bay off the face of the Earth, TPB’s game of whac-a-mole just got a colossal boost thanks to IPv6. Theoretically, there are now more potential TPB IP addresses than there are stars in our galaxy — good luck trying to block all of them.
Having kicked off the game of whac-a-mole with 184.108.40.206, which is now apparently blocked by at least Virgin in the UK, 220.127.116.11 is currently where it’s at. The Pirate Bay’s not done there though; it’s currently in the process of moving its stuff over to IPv6 with an address available for those who are already IPv6-enabled.
None of the current court orders cover IPv6 at all, so I’m guessing blocking that one will require another trip to the courts. You have to wonder how much money big media has to throw at this; going to court each time can’t be cheap. The ISPs would also be hard pressed to block that many addresses, and I’m sure they’re going to get sick and tired of all this pretty quickly. Whether that’ll change anything, I don’t know. Surely they must realise this block-and-move, cat-and-mouse game is futile, right?