Pirates take over arch-enemy’s website

The owners of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay have once again proven their ability to cause a nuisance for the international recording industry - by taking over the website of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

IFPI.com used to belong to the international recording industry body, but British tech journal The Register reports that it is now the property of a staff member of The Pirate Bay.

The new owners of the site go by the name of the International Federation of Pirates’ Interests. A Pirate Bay spokesman going by the pseudonym Peter Kopimi told The Register that they had not hacked the IFPI’s site. He said they had been given the domain name by a third party.

The move does not affect the IFPI’s main website address, IFPI.org.

The IFPI has been one of the most high-profile campaigners against The Pirate Bay, arguing for a legal crackdown on the Swedish bit-torrent tracker. The Pirate Bay allows users to share music and films online, and has met with fierce opposition from the film and recording industries.

The IFPI admitted on Tuesday that the website had been taken over by a “cyber squatter” who had passed it on to an associate of The Pirate Bay.

“We have filed a complaint at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) under the dispute resolution procedure. This procedure is designed for classic cyber-squatting cases such as this which involve the use of a URL in bad faith,” the organization said in a statement.