GGF plans to steer The Pirate Bay freeloaders straight
Cosies up to copyright owners
Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) hopes to transform millions of file-sharing freeloaders on The Pirate Bay into upstanding customers by letting copyright owners remove content or authorize files and receive compensation.
Prospective owner GGF has announced initial plans in its $7.8m venture to steer the notorious BitTorrent tracker into a non-criminal enterprise without causing users to jump ship en masse. The Swedish company decided to acquire TPB in June, and shareholders will vote August 27 whether the deal will go through or not.
The company eventually hopes that license holders get paid for allowing their content on the website, while charging users a monthly fee for access. Users will alternatively be able to earn credit for hosting and seeding files, according to GGF.
But until such pacts can be signed, the company intends to implement a system where copyright owners who spot infringing content can either leave the content on the site and receive unspecified compensation or request to have it removed. The catch is that copyright owners will have to identify the content themselves or it will remain available. GGF's plans will launch August 27, assuming the acquisition is approved.
GGF said talks with entertainment industry representatives indicate the majority of content won't be stripped from the site once the complaint box opens. The company obviously will have a difficult task ahead of it satisfying two audiences with very different self interests: copyright owners could simply begin removing content rather than dealing with the website, and paying customers who could be left with no reason to stick around.
And while TPB currently has a considerable audience, they aren't exactly known for embracing a pay-structure for digital goods and services. If users bail when the site turns legit, there's little reason for copyright owners to strike a deal.
And as seen time and again, it's all too easy for users to simply move on to the next file-sharing site du jour. ®
What I could never grasp is how can one be deprived of an income, when the original work has been paid for and the other recipients of the work, would not have gotten it nor would they have paid for it anyway?
I think the internet is one of the best research tools ever invented - and if the works of the world were left exclusively in the hands of the companies who hold copyright, 99% of it would not be avilable nor would it ever be available.....
The master tapes would be boxed up in warehouses six weeks after production and then like the almost total majority of albums and videos and games etc., they would crushed and dumped for non sales - down the tip after 3 to 5 years from release.
I mean the last time I tried to get hold of some 30 year old material from a record company - who held the copyright.... being willing to pay for a copy of the album and all... Email to them = IGNORE...
I think the peer to peer community does a wonderful job of archiving, storing and disseminating the worlds collective history.
Dream On GFF
That's the GFFs money on fire and burning to a cinder
This may work for those well endowed but how about those poor people? With economic recession in the happenings or nearing a somewhat end, people prefer they not pay at all. Considering how the poor outweigh the rich due to their greed or whatnot, don't expect those that have already touched freeloading to start paying. I'm not saying all won't but most won't. Free cake ain't free once the cake is a lie.