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The Pirate Bay has been urging users not to abandon ship following yesterday's announcement that a Swedish internet cafe software firm planned to buy the BitTorrent site for $7.8m.

The site has been flooded with account deletion requests from angry users griping that TPB had sold out to Global Gaming Factory X (GGF).

"In a sudden unexpected result of the recent announcements that The Pirate Bay may be changing ownership this August, millions of loyal TPB users have and are continuing to shit massive bricks," wrote The Blog Pirate yesterday.

Its most recent post lists 12 reasons why users of the site shouldn't "bail out" now that The Pirate Bay looks set to be bought next month.

Co-founder Peter Sunde, aka BrokeP, wrote yesterday that the Pirate Bay was responding to users who wanted their information removed from the site.

"TPB users can be safe about the data. We have almost no data and we're fixing a delete function after all the damn media is over," he said.

Meanwhile, the Beeb, in an interview with GGF's CEO Hans Pandeya, is reporting that the company plans to "set up a system where the file-sharer actually makes money".

Pandeya said the purchase gave it access of a massive file sharing network, which was a potential boon to ISPs in reducing overloads, for example when a music company had a new piece of content. He likened it to a massive P2P grid.

That's assuming that it can convince TPB users to stay on board. ®

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