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BongoBob
06-30-2009, 06:41 AM
Link. (http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/30/pirate-bay-acquired-by-global-gaming-factory-going-legit-like-n/)

Looks like it's time to get off this sinking ship.

Man overboard!

Q
06-30-2009, 06:53 AM
I had a feeling that something suitably lame like this was going to happen to TPB.

RIP :(

Pho3nix
06-30-2009, 08:41 AM
Fail.

MrWally
06-30-2009, 10:02 AM
I was reading through the comments on Digg, and found something really interesting.

Something is very fishy here. I live in Sweden and I checked out this company.

Global Gaming Factory X AB (Ltd, Co.) never registered for "F-skatt", which is a basic permit needed for companies in Sweden to operate under corporate tax laws instead of private laws. Not having this permit usually means that it's a company 1) run under a mother company or 2) that isn't active.

Furthermore, their website consists of this press release and NOTHING ELSE. Their turnover has not gone over $ 750,000 any of the past two years and their total loss for that same time is approx. - $ 2,677,000.

Looks to me like a typical company only used to hold assets for a bigger company, perhaps RIAA/MPAA?

Which seems very interesting. But then someone responded with this:


Could be one of the Pirate bay's shell companies, which they've used to hide their profits. That way they can pay of their fines without admitting to having a whole wad of cashed tucked away. /speculation.


If this is the case . . . wow. I doubt it, but if it is then it's an ingenious idea.

TiE23
06-30-2009, 12:25 PM
^^If it turns out like that Wally... sounds like a movie deal. Like Catch Me If You Can, but all with bearded Swedes.

Sad to see it go, but it's not over until August, so take advantage while you can! :V

ZBomber
07-01-2009, 03:04 AM
I used Pirates Bay once, and I got a letter from the video game equivalent of the RIAA (forgot what they are, North America something) notifying me that I pirated and I have to remove it and my ISP has been contacted etc etc etc

That was the last time I used them... scared ****less after that :p

BongoBob
07-01-2009, 04:55 AM
I've gotten two of those e-mails. The first one did it's job and scared me s***less, but also made me do some more research, and once I saw it was basically them going "Hey. Hey. Stop that." and nothing more, I installed peerguardian2, and never looked back.

The only reason I got the second one was because I downloaded something on a fresh reformat and forgot to re-install peerguardian2.

ZBomber
07-01-2009, 06:04 AM
Pirates Bay was kind of a ****hole anyways. :p I prefer to use private trackers, as download speeds are usually a lot faster

Det. Bart Lasiter
07-01-2009, 08:40 AM
I've gotten two of those e-mails. The first one did it's job and scared me s***less, but also made me do some more research, and once I saw it was basically them going "Hey. Hey. Stop that." and nothing more, I installed peerguardian2, and never looked back.

The only reason I got the second one was because I downloaded something on a fresh reformat and forgot to re-install peerguardian2.

peer guardian is useless for that :golfclap:

DarthDie
07-01-2009, 10:52 AM
You can also turn on encryption, at least in uTorrent. With encryption on iirc they can't do packet inspecting.

Det. Bart Lasiter
07-01-2009, 01:16 PM
the encryption was cracked also i believe utorrent only supports handshake encryption and not full stream encryption.

DarthDie
07-01-2009, 01:29 PM
Ah, nevermind then :P

EnderWiggin
07-01-2009, 03:17 PM
the encryption was cracked also i believe utorrent only supports handshake encryption and not full stream encryption.

Then what do you do in terms of p2p protection?

_EW_

Det. Bart Lasiter
07-01-2009, 05:02 PM
there's nothing you can do in terms of protecting yourself legally other than use one of those torrent proxy/vpn services, because otherwise you're still sending your ip to the tracker, which bounces it to every peer on the torrent. if your isp throttles bandwidth or inspects packets, you can use switch on encryption (preferably full stream) and use a non-standard port to get around it, but that's really only going to keep your connection from being throttled, not prevent a copyright-holder from filing suit against you.

MrWally
07-04-2009, 10:26 AM
http://torrentfreak.com/playing-whack-a-mole-with-data-the-pirate-bay-lives-on-090703/

A very well-written article from Torrent Freak detailing how The Pirate Bay could easily live on while pirates essentially give a barrage of "F*** YOU!"s to the anti-piracy corporations.

So.

The question now is who will volunteer to be the copier?

Darth Avlectus
07-06-2009, 01:05 PM
Awh D*MMIT! :mad:

Well, good times and good downloads had to come to an end eventually I suppose.

Here's to praying we never get charged for downloading game mods. :dozey:

Kurgan
07-06-2009, 09:30 PM
Something like this was bound to happen sooner or later. Should we be surprised?

Not that we condone piracy here of course.