Pirate Bay users go overboard as new owners dangle cash
I'm a freetard, get me outta 'ere!
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. ®
Here's the conclusion of it all. The Pirate Bay's going the Napster way. It's dead. Whoever bought it's going to incur a total loss of all their money but they probably knew that. I suspect someone fronted the money and "encouraged" them to buy it because even with the owners going to jail it never would have died a natural death.
Now we'll go elsewhere. There are dozens of sites that give us our free music and movies. You sad loosers can bleat and bleat and whine that it's ilegal but it will NEVER stop. Paying for music is simply the domain human sheep and those too stupid to use a torrent client.
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In memoriam TPB, The Ballad of a Voyage
Intrepid Vikings they ventured out
upon a storm-tossed ocean,
in a leaky sealskin rowboat
with a cupholder for hand-lotion.
They wanted to be Pirates,
but navigation was a no-go
and the GPS was fuktop,
so they commandeered a logo.
By talking good bluster
or the virtue of chance,
the sails were puffed up
and that ghost-barque did dance.
Soon the rum and the grog
pissed outta the gunports
and their carefree carousing
was praised up as 'good sports'.
Thus TPB Crew
fat as kings they grew,
in days of yore
from the booty store,
getting anchored in a whore
as enemy troops massed ashore.
Pigs creeping softly by night
swarmed up o'er the bows
to our matelots fright.
Yarr, they'd talked a good bluster
but did put up no fight,
bent Judge buffed off the lustre
and they started to shite,
betrayed by 'their' lawyers
who'd sworn all right on the nite.
With 21" rubber truncheon
jolly-rodgered in a dungeon
tender sphincter rent asunder
Captain's fallen judge's plunder
how it happened is no wonder,
still, enough to make you chunder.
Panicked by hella unkind attention
the Capt'n whang'd autodestruct
to scuttle the beauty invention,
but first, underarm he tuckt
a compensatory nosebag
marked 'licenced swag';
the afterthought his way fukt.
Diving in lifeboats
roared the Mutinous Crew
'Tis fitting that tit,
we nailed to the ship,
Rest In Pieces, TPB,
for tomorrow we sail, without you.
---CopyLeft, by BvvM, 2009---
> Two Sides to it
> or charity
Yep, perhaps the Musicians Benevolent Fund http://www.mbf.org.uk/ and their international equivalents, which would be a great way of seeing money gets to artirsts and bypasses those evil record companies... Of course if it had been about anything other than trousering the money (advertising or buyout) they'd have been doing it months or years ago, and it would have been great propaganda against the record companies...