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It's the end of The Pirate Bay as you know it. The site's grizzled admins sold the site with nary an "argh" to a Swedish internet company that plans to turn it legit. The company claims the site will not change substantially when ownership transfers in August.  (Source: Wired)
Will people stick with the new Pirate Bay, or has it lost what they loved -- piracy?

Strange news broke today that Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X AB had purchased The Pirate Bay, the world's largest torrent site.  Among the internet's top 100 most visited properties, The Pirate Bay reportedly fetched a bounty of 60 million Swedish Krona or roughly $7.8 million.  The site will be handed over to its new captain on August 2009.

Global Gaming Factory (GGF), owner of internet cafes and gaming centers in Sweden, plans to compensate copyright holders for the first time in the site's history. “We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site," said  Hans Pandeya, CEO of GGF.

He elaborates, "The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited Internet sites in the world. However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary. Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File sharers 'need faster downloads and better quality.'"

In a related move, GGF also purchased a stake in Peerialism AB, a peer-to-peer technology firm.  GGF plans to deploy Peerialism's data distribution and distributed storage based P2P solutions on the Pirate Bay in what some are dubbing "P2P 2.0".  Reportedly the technology will allow for faster download speeds and more efficient content hosting.

The Pirate Bay's former owners, a group of Swedes, remain mostly enthusiastic about the move, viewing it as a necessity.  Faced with mounting legal expenses from their fight in Swedish courts and potential lofty fines, they risked bringing down the site if they held on to it.  Writes an admin in the site's blog, "We've been working on this project for many years. It's time to invite more people into the project, in a way that is secure and safe for everybody. We need that, or the site will die. And letting TPB die is the last thing that is allowed to happen!"

They warn, though, "If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That's the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to. And - you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That's awesome and will take the heat of us."

That comment cuts to the heart of the issue.  The Pirate Bay's new ownership and keep-everyone-happy scheme certainly sounds nice.  However, details of how it exactly will work are scarce.  Other P2P-turned-legit services in the past have floundered, as evidenced by early poster-child of the P2P movement, Napster.  If the legit TBP can't make up for its content with advertising, who will it charge?  And if it starts charging customers will people keep visiting the site that has lost the thing they loved -- piracy?



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By MatthiasF on 6/30/2009 6:53:06 PM , Rating: -1
There are no good uses of piracy.

If your movie or game disc becomes damaged, you can get a replacement from the publisher for typically much less than the original cost.

http://ubisoft.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/ubisoft.cfg/ph...

http://support.ea.com/cgi-bin/ea.cfg/php/enduser/s...

Sometimes even for free, so read the warranty sometime.

If you don't like needing to pay for a replacement disc, treat your discs better or make a backup for yourself (which is legal so long as it stays in your possession).

Using P2P to share free software or patches is not piracy. I will admit the last time I used a Torrent was to grab the Windows 7 RC after Microsoft pulled it off their website, but they were still giving out serials and I doubt Microsoft would mind how I got a copy.

While the technology behind Torrents might seem fantastic, it's actually a huge burden on a network. While the typical user might hit one or two IPs at the same time, reading a website or what not, the typical torrent user might be in contact with 30+ at any moment. This increases the burden on the Internet's routers.

Software makers taking advantage of this are doing so to cut their costs at the expense of ISPs. They could easily put their patches, software, etc. on a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and save everyone a lot of effort while increasing speeds but that means they'd have to pay for the distribution (which is pretty cheap, usually in the $0.12-15 per GB range, checkout Amazon Web services, Google Cloud, etc.).


By dark matter on 7/5/2009 7:19:32 AM , Rating: 1
Way to miss a major point he made.

What about the products they are not / do not sell?

I see no issue with that one bit. The demand is there why are they not providing it? It's not like they can class it as a lost sale because you cannot buy it. How can they claim it is the same as stealing a purse, a handbag, a car when those items do not exist in the shops for people to buy?


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