The Pirate Bay, the world's largest torrent tracker has
taken up a surprising
new residence. The site, which hosts over 630,000 torrents, moved
aboard the domain ifpi.com, which formerly belonged to the International Federation of the
Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
While many may be unfamiliar with the IFPI, its work is familiar to many. The
IFPI is the parent organization of the Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
The IFPI has been a champion of lawsuits against
internet pirates, increasing the scope of copyright laws and developing DRM
technologies to stop users from copying their songs or media. Its actions
have been mirrored
by its lower level affiliates such as the RIAA.
Thus, the Pirate Bay's acquisition of the ihpi.com domain is seen by many as a
major coup. When users go to the site, they are redirected to a Pirate
Bay site that bears the text "International Federation of Pirate
Interests". The IFPI is not happy with the move.
The domain WHOIS shows that the domain is indeed officially registered to
Brokep, a Pirate Bay administrator and is not a hack.
contacted and quoted as saying, "International Federation of Pirate
Interests (IFPI) is the new international federation we’re starting in order to
get the word of piracy spread. [The domain] is not a hack. Someone just
gave us the domain name. We have no idea how they got it, but it's ours and
we're keeping it."
The IFPI attempts to take legal action against the Pirate Bay seem to be
floundering. A leaked email between the IFPI and one of their lawyers
revealed that they were requesting information from the Swedish police, who
have a long-standing investigation of the Pirate Bay. The Swedish police,
according to preliminary reports, have rejected their request.
The IHPI hosts a broad array of television, music, and software torrents.
The internet piracy battle continues as the IFPI and torrent hosters such as
Pirate Bay trade volleys, but for now the Pirate Bay seems to have won a
quote: Secondly, if everything was free..... there would be quite a lot of good games out there because it would be the 'true game lords' as I call them, who would be making all the games in question.
quote: I could just imagine this being on the level of like a porn site takeing control of disney.com legally.
quote: Thus, the Pirate Bay's acquisition of the ihpi.com domain is seen by many as a major coup.