Wednesday, July 01, 2009

It's already dead

The people behind The Pirate Bay have sold out to business interests. There is no other way to put it, and that is being polite, really. They have been put under tremendous pressure, to state the obvious, and it isn't strange and is even understandable, to a point that they have buckled under it, but that doesn't change the fact.

Reactions have already been strong in the community. People are pulling out in droves.

It's evident already. The site is dying on the vine, to paraphrase Jim Morrison. Marginal torrents without many seeders or peers are becoming impossible to download or even upload, and that's just after a few hours.

Money talks, again. This was the only way the big bucks could win in this case, really, by exercising their powers the way they know best, by buying people's souls.

It's dead. Let it rest in pieces. Let's hope others pick up the torch, a lot of others. There are still countries, like Russia and China that aren't acknowledging the powers of western corporations and legislation. There should be more than enough programmers there for such tasks. The Pirate Bay grew so dominant that nobody bothered to challenge or even copying them. Let's hope they start now, in earnest.

Essential other reading:

Piracy saves music

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