Not even a year old, the official browser of The Pirate Bay, PirateBrowser, has already been downloaded more than 5 million times since its release last August.
The Firefox based web browser has been packaged with anti-censorship tools and custom settings that not only allows users to access The Pirate Bay in countries where the site is blocked, but also to circumvent censorship in countries like Iran and North Korea.
While users can create their own PirateBrowser by using Firefox with a correctly set up Tor add-on, PirateBrowser makes the whole process painless by pre-configuring all the required settings.
But as pointed out clearly on the PirateBrowser website's FAQ section, circumventing censorship is not the same as providing anonymous surfing. While Tor add-ons for Firefox do provide this functionality, the PirateBrowser is not set up to work in this fashion (which would normally also slow down regular Internet access).
The Pirate Bay has also revealed that they're working on a new peer-to-peer based browser that would distribute the entire Pirate Bay website in a P2P fashion, where the content of the website is stored and shared between the site's users, making any take-down of the site almost impossible.
Currently, countries including the United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland have started or will start to censor websites like The Pirate Bay.