Internet pirates have a problem. As the shutdown of MegaUpload, rise of legislation like SOPA, and even new “six strikes” rules have all demonstrated, authorities are cracking down on illegal file sharing.
When The Pirate Bay recently announced its plans to build GPS-controlled server drones, the torrent community was enlivened with excitement. It was a novel, futuristic and all-around badass concept. Imagine server drones whizzing overhead, actively eluding the detection of law enforcement officials. As officials are scrambling to take down these flying servers, nearby users will be sharing files without apprehension. The days of file sharers receiving threatening emails or having their connections throttled by ISPs would be just a fleeting memory. It sounded too good to be true, and not surprisingly, skeptics expressed their doubts. The Pirate Bay does, after all, throw around great ideas that aren’t being built.