The Pirate Bay has fought many legal battles since its launch in 2003 to keep the website operational for the last 13 years.
However, this time The Pirate Bay is suffering a major blow after the Swedish Court ruled Thursday that it will take away the domain names_ 'ThePirateBay.se' and 'PirateBay.se' _of the world's most popular torrent website and will hand over them to the state.
As its name suggests, The Pirate Bay is one of the most popular file-sharing torrent site predominantly used for downloading pirated or copyrighted media and programs free of charge.
Despite the criminal convictions, the torrent site remains functioning although it has moved to different Web domains several times.
However, this time, The Pirate Bay loses its main .SE domain, the world's 225th most popular website according to the Alexa ranking, according to Swedish newspaper DN.
> "In common with the District Court ruling the Court of Appeal finds that there is a basis for confiscation since the domain names assisted crimes under the Copyright Act," a statement on the site of the Svea Court of Appeal reads. "This means that the right to the domain names falls to the state."
Back in 2013, the anti-piracy prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad took a different approach to shutting down the file-sharing website.
Instead of suing the operators of the site or going after The Pirate Bay directly, the prosecutor decided to take two of its more popular domains from it and filed a complaint against Punkt SE (IIS), the company that manages .SE domain names.
The lawsuit filed against Punkt SE claimed that The Pirate Bay was an illegal torrent site and that all tools, including the domain names thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se, used in connection with the illegal site should be suspended.
Last year, the Stockholm District Court ruled in favor of the prosecution, saying that both ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se would be taken from the owners of The Pirate Bay.
Punkt SE then appealed and won the case and also awarded the body compensation of US$40,000 for legal costs.
As a result, the prosecution appealed, and now the decision came in the prosecution's favor, which means The Pirate Bay’s popular domains names are set to be forfeited to the Swedish state.
Both ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se are held in the name of The Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij, so the next step of the legal battle will now be against him.
Although there is still the possibility of another appeal, it is hard to say at this time whether both .SE domains of The Pirate Bay will still be active in the coming months.