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The Pirate Bay was hosted for several years by PRQ, a Sweden-based company, owned by creators of TPB Gottfrid Svartholm and Fredrik Neij. PRQ is said to provide “highly secure, no-questions-asked hosting services to its customers”. On 19 May 2015, the . The Pirate Bay was ordered to be seized following a ruling by a Swedish court. The site reacted by adding six new domains in its place. The Pirate Bay allows users to search for Magnet links.
The website features a browse function that enables users to see what is available in broad categories like Audio, Video, and Games, as well as sub-categories like Audio books, High-res Movies, and Comics. Since January 2012, it also features a “Physibles” category for 3D-printable objects. Piratbyrån described The Pirate Bay as a long-running project of performance art. An old version is open source. On 20 February 2012, The Pirate Bay announced in a Facebook post that after 29 February the site would no longer offer torrent files, and would instead offer only magnet links. The site commented: “Not having torrents will be a bit cheaper for us but it will also make it harder for our common enemies to stop us. In April 2007, a rumour was confirmed on the Swedish talk show Bert that The Pirate Bay had received financial support from right-wing entrepreneur Carl Lundström.
From 2004 until 2006, The Pirate Bay had a “Donate” link to a donations page which listed several payment methods, stated that funds supported only the tracker, and offered time-limited benefits to donors such as no advertisements and “VIP” status. In 2007, the site ran a fund intended to buy Sealand, a platform with debated micro-nation status. In 2009, the then-convicted principals of TPB requested that users stop trying to donate money for their fines, because they refused to pay them. The site links to an online store selling site-related merchandise, first noted in 2006 in Svenska Dagbladet.