One of the Internet’s best-known domains, thepiratebay.com, is currently for sale on the Sedo auction site.
The .org and .com addresses attached to the famous torrent operation changed hands last year after the owners accidentally left them out of date. They were quickly picked up by Dropcatch, a service that captures stale domains, and then put up for auction.
Now thepiratebay.com is back on sale, with a current minimum asking price of $ 65,000, more than double the amount paid by the anonymous buyer last time ($ 31,500).
The Pirate Bay changes hands
While the team behind The Pirate Bay ran the torrent operation primarily from thepiratebay.org, they also owned the equivalent .com address, which redirected traffic to the main site.
However, thepiratebay.com still attracts a significant number of visitors which means it is highly valuable. According to Similarweb data, more than 150,000 people arrive at the site each month, despite the fact that the torrent operation has long since moved elsewhere.
The person who bought the domain when it became available last year monetized the site by turning it into an ad stream.
“I knew he would receive a very high volume of seizure traffic from people mistakenly typing thepiratebay.com instead of .org,” he said, speaking to TorrentFreak.
The individual also had big plans to turn the website into a legal download library, which presumably would have generated more revenue than just an ad stream, but it never materialized.
“Due to other commitments / projects, I didn’t have time,” they explained. “While it earns pretty well being parked at Sedo, I think parking is a waste for such a valuable estate, so I decided to put it up for sale.”