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Pirate Bay sold, to go legitimate

updated 09:50 am EDT, Tue June 30, 2009

Pirate Bay sold for $7.8m

Swedish gaming company Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) on Tuesday announced it is in the process of acquiring The Pirate Bay for $7.8 million. With the process due to be concluded by August, it will see GGF introduce new business models to and make the site legal and keep its owners out of courts. The new owners will also sell shares of The Pirate Bay to investors. GGF will also buy Peerialism and introduce its P2P distribution technology on The Pirate Bay. At the same time, The Pirate Bay will stop hosting and tracking torrents and use a third-party tracker and torrent hosting service.

GGF CEO Hans Pandeya said the new way of running the site will keep content providers and copyright owners compensated. He also hinted this would result in file sharers getting better quality and faster downloads.

The P2P tech from Peerialism will apparently be backwards-compatible with BitTorrent but no concrete details about how it will work are yet known. Torrents listed on the site will not be hosted on The Pirate Bay's anymore, but on an unnamed torrent hosting service instead. This host will also offer its content to other torrent sites and be accessible via an API. Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde said this will ensure The Pirate Bay is more stable, with BitTorrent users relying less on the site's own servers but several independent services.

Half of the $7.8 million for The Pirate Bay will be paid out in cash, while the rest will come from freshly issued shares. Peerialism will be purchased for $13 million, with at least half being in the form of cash.

GGF says it has the largest Internet café and gaming center network in the world. [via TorrentFreak]

By Electronista Staff


  1. Woode

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    Joined: Oct 2007



    is what this will be. Kinda like when Napster went "legit." Yeah, it's still around, but it's still a fail.

  1. lamewing

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    Joined: Aug 2004


    Sell out

    I guess it is rather hard not to sell out when someone offers you 8 million dollars.

    You are right Woode, this will fail. The new owners hope to use the name of Pirate Bay to their advantage.

  1. b9robot

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    Joined: Feb 2009


    Site is down already

    The site is already down. Say goodbye, this will fail and that is pretty much the end of Pirate Bay. See ya!

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001


    underpants gnomes v2.0

    1) move to country with notoriously weak copyright enforcement
    2) open a massively popular .torrent file site
    3) sell out for PROFIT!!!

    how much you wanna bet a new "pirate bay" opens up shop in somewhere like Russia where they don't give two figs for US copyright law which enriches US media companies?

  1. Athens

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    guess they think they can make money off its name. They just wasted millions of dollars cuz this will fail and badly.

  1. jbruner

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    Joined: Jun 2003


    Dr. Who meet Dr. Zhivago

    Where am I going to get my Dr. Who specials from?! No, I can't wait a year or two for them to come to BBC America, I need my cheezy Sci-Fi Zero Day!!!

  1. Grrr

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    Joined: Jun 2001


    The site is NOT down.

    Site still works fine here.
    Anyway, I certainly didn't see this one coming! However, if the site is just going to be turned into 'something else' then it just wont be the same place and people will head elsewhere in less time than it takes you to blink.
    I never used it much anyway. It was far too 'watched' It was kinda asking for trouble to use it..

    I do admire the way TPB's creators went up against the powers that be so fearlessly though! It always made for entertaining reading. I don't know if those guys have serious balls, or are just plain stupid!

    Either way, if this story is true, they won't see much of that money. Numerous legal firms will be clambering after that very quickly.

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