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Pirate Bay starts on alternate download standard

updated 04:20 pm EST, Tue November 6, 2007

Pirate Bay download format

Swedish website The Pirate Bay, which plays host to BitTorrent trackers offering thousands of illegal programs and media files, says that it has started developing a new download format which could keep the flow of pirated material going. Co-founder Peter Sunde tells Reuters that his concern is that as BitTorrent continues to accrue "legitimate" uses, such as video streaming and sales services, the format's creators may be tempted to enable DRM measures that slow piracy. "If they go and do something stupid, it will affect a lot of people," says Sunde.

BitTorrent president Ashwin Navin claims he is not worried, as while approximately 150 million people are estimated to be using the technology already, the company has not earned anything as a result of use at pirate websites. Legal streaming may in fact raise the number of users to one billion within the next two years, Navin argues.

Sunde hopes that the Pirate Bay's BitTorrent alternative will be ready in early 2008, and notes that a developer collaboration website has been posted to solicit outside help. Another project in the works is the purchase of a $50,000 island, which would give Pirate Bay the ability to form a state where piracy is legal. The action is being funded by donations, which have so far totaled approximately $20,000.

by MacNN Staff





  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Let me get this straight: because bit torrent is now increasingly being used for legitimate (i.e. legal) purposes, a guy goes on record, with Reuters, to say how this worries him and therefore plans to build a new file sharing system for illegal use? Well, good luck with that!

    It's hilarious that all they could get for the purchase of their own island was about $20k...! Did somebody sell their family minivan? Oh, and I'd love to see where one can buy an island for $50,000! Perhaps under the polar cap? Would they then have to physically move to their new island, set up servers, infrastructure, etc? This is as bizzare as it possibly gets.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Oh, and I'd love to see where one can buy an island for $50,000!"

    Most likely Dubai.

  1. - - e r i k - -

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No, they actually want to buy the "nation" of Sealand:

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice but...

    I was hoping to find some for $50,000; not for $50M...

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