One of the most infamous on the internet domains, thepiratebay.com, is currently for sale on auction site Sedo.
The .org and .com addresses associated with the famous torrenting operation changed hands last year after the owners accidentally let them expire. They were quickly picked up by Dropcatch, a service that captures expired domains, and then put them up for auction.
Now thepiratebay.com is for sale again, with a current minimum asking price of $65,000, more than double the amount the anonymous buyer paid last time ($31,500).
The Pirate Bay changes hands
While the team behind The Pirate Bay mainly ran the torrent operation from thepiratebay.org, they also had the equivalent .com address, which redirected traffic to the main site.
However, thepiratebay.com still attracts a significant number of visitors which means it has a lot of value. According to data from Similarweb, more than 150,000 people end up on the site every month, despite the torrenting operation having long been moved elsewhere.
The person who bought the domain when it became available last year monetized the site by turning it into an ad feed.
“I knew it would get a very large amount of type-in traffic from people who accidentally type thepiratebay.com instead of .org,” he told TorrentFreak.
The person also had big plans to turn the website into a legal download library, which would presumably have generated more revenue than a simple ad feed, but this never materialized.
“I haven’t had time due to other commitments/projects,” they explained. “While it’s reasonable to park at Sedo, I think parking is a waste for such a valuable domain, so I decided to put it up for sale.”