http://thepiratebay.org/ is down and often is. Kickass has been dismantled and has a bunch of strange larpers pretending to be them. They are winning. I think it's time for a better protocol.
The first stage is IPFS because it is less prone to die off of content (but not immune) and has gateways that allow its content to be embeded into web pages without any additional software.
It has some of the same privacy problems as torrent so I think the next step is to build an ipfs equivelent that uses tor hidden services as addresses instead of ip addresses.
For now what we could do is build a pirate bay like site for ipfs to let people know what's there and how popular it is. It needs a user friendly and social frontend.