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Monthly fees on Pirate Bay's horizon

Stuart Roberts · 17 Jul 2009, 17:25

Published: 17 Jul 2009 17:25 GMT+02:00

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GGF chief executive Hans Pandeya is currently travelling around the world negotiating with copyright organizations, with the aim of re-launching a new, totally legal service that will ensure copyright holders get paid, the TT news agency reports.

The company also anticipates that internet service providers will become involved in the new model by contributing to the new cutting edge technology GGF intends to develop.

But users themselves are also a likely income source for the new company.

The model presently being considered entails persuading users to become paying members of the Pirate Bay by agreeing to a monthly downloading fee.

Internet rumours suggest that GGF has already decided to implement the proposed model, although Pia Gideon, advisor to Pandeya, remained noncommittal on the subject of monthly fees for Pirate Bay users.

“It’s a model being considered, but people are discussing different solutions. One part of the business model can be that users are members and pay if they want to. There are many who want to pay,” she told TT.

Also under consideration is the possibility of having user fees reduced for those who contribute to the site with downloading and broadband from their own computers.

“It’s a new world, in which people are trying to get the law and technical development to work in sync, and this business model also needs to be developed progressively,” said Gideon.

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“What's important is to clearly show that it's being run in a legal manner.”

Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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17:58 July 17, 2009 by Bushido
"GGF chief executive Hans Pandeya is currently travelling around the world negotiating with copyright organizations, with the aim of re-launching a new, totally legal service that will ensure copyright holders get paid.."

Perhaps he might gain some useful business experience while he's globe-trotting. If this is his proposed business model, he needs it more than most.
18:37 July 17, 2009 by conboy
Carl Lundström Pirate Bay co founder and Sverige Demokraterna supporter will be laughing all the way to the bank. This Pirate Bay thing has pulled the wool over a lot of peoples eyes.
09:43 July 18, 2009 by AussieAndy
Who is going to pay. The members will just shift elsewhere.
10:29 July 18, 2009 by Törnrosa
Obviously GGF did not pay attention to Napster a few years back. Napster used to be one of the biggest names in file sharing. Then they got in serious legal trouble, sold out and became a 'legal' site where users paid for files. How many people still use Napster today?

Unless GGF is going offer something better than free people will just go elsewhere. I am all for paying the artists who created the music, but I refuse to be hounded by the controlling millionair executives who are getting narked because they can't quite afford the luxury ox hide leather seats on their new yatchs thanks to illegal downloading.

The Pirate Bay really seem to have screwed over the little people they so proudly championed. Sad...very sad.
16:02 July 18, 2009 by manamann
GGF's plan sounds like it could work.............NOT


"There are many who want to pay," she told TT.

Yeah they call it ITUNES with no selection

The reason people use Pirate Bay is because they don't want to pay and the selection. We will just move on to the next thing.

Good Luck GGF your'e going to need it and while you are at it get a good site for yourselves the GGF website is horrible.
09:26 July 19, 2009 by Nemesis
Sooner or later the business model always implements itself.
15:19 July 21, 2009 by ards
Stop this situation! Act now! Sign the petition @ www.ruinedpiratebay.com.

15:37 July 21, 2009 by Kieruk

A petition?? Why not just live with the fact the companys change and want to make money after shelling out millions, and move on to the next on the will pop up in its place?!?!
00:47 July 22, 2009 by RichardG
Ive used Napster and all off the P2P sites for many years now. I also used Piratebay, but of course, people such as myself who seek out sites to use material for free, are never going to pay for the service. There are many many torrent sites out there which have EXACTLY the same technology and torrents as piratebay, so really its all rather pointless charging existing piratebay users, as we have all become accustomed to using the service for nothing.

Im sure Im opening myself up to a barrage off opinions on the morality of "wanting everything for nothing" and how its stealing etc etc, but if Im entirely honest, I couldnt care less if the artists get paid for it or not. I still go to the cinema and go to festivals and buy tshirts, I buy computer games that are exceptional and will continue to do so. What I wont do is pay for music which is easy to download, and i certainly wont be paying anything for software which is mediocre and full of bugs.

From when I first started using p2p, very few of my friends even knew how to do it, dial-up sucks for such things, but now every single one of my friends regularly asks me advice on how to get this and that and we all do it. I know its wrong in some eyes, but not mine.
15:31 July 22, 2009 by The Lix-a
I really dont see the average piratebay user paying, they will ofcourse just go elsewhere, theres plenty others. The best thing of piratebay is the layout and most other torrent sites suck in that department, good information on the torrents isnt there, i will miss that.
16:53 July 22, 2009 by RichardG
Have you tried www.mininova.org before? It has a very clear layout, isn't infested with stupid adverts and sponsored links, and it has full comments which help you decide which is the best version of the file you are looking for.

I have used that for a long time now, in fact Ive used that for longer than any other site and not once have I downloaded a single file which has been infected.
21:35 July 25, 2009 by eZee.se
Mininova used to be good.... then they started filtering their results,

plus keep in mind Mini is just an index, no tracker like Demoniod or TPB
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