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Pirate Bay signs up to file sharing research study

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 18 Apr 2011, 14:32

Published: 18 Apr 2011 14:32 GMT+02:00

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"Understanding online norms and values is essential to developing relevant and effective laws and policies. The purpose of this survey is to help researchers to better understand habits and norms within the file-sharing community," a statement introducing the survey stated.

Visitors to The Pirate Bay, renamed on Monday as "The Research Bay" are invited to click on a modified logo of the famous galleon logo to enter the survey.

The survey was launched on Monday and will remain open for three days and has been designed by the Cybernorms research group at Lund University in southern Sweden.

The Pirate Bay has issued a statement on its blog urging users to participate in the name of science.

"This may be the time when YOU can tell the world about the real mind of the torrent community," the statement read.

The website also takes lengths to reassure users that no IP addresses nor other personal data will be collected for the survey.

"The privacy of our users is our number one priority."

The Local reported in March that The Pirate Bay was named on a US government list of the world's top marketplaces for pirated and counterfeit goods.

In addition to The Pirate Bay, a slew of other BitTorrent sites -- which permit speedy downloads of large files like music, videos and books -- were named, including IsoHunt of Canada, Russia-based Rutracker, Ukraine's Demenoid, and Publicbt.

The Pirate Bay recently ranked among the top 100 websites in both global and US traffic, according to the report, which also pointed out that the site had been the subject of a "notable criminal prosecution" in Sweden.

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In April 2009, a Stockholm court convicted the four men behind The Pirate Bay - Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Carl Lundström and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg - of facilitating copyright violations.

Each man was sentenced to one year in prison. They were also ordered to pay a total of 30 million kronor ($4.7 million) in damages.

Following a ruling by an appeals court in November 2010, from which Svartholm Warg was absent due to illness, the three remaining men had their prison sentences reduced, although the collective fine was bumped up to 46 million kronor.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:25 April 18, 2011 by HeilNizar

So the site that is full of pedophiles contents is now helping researchers? what are you guys thinking in Sweden?! How pathetic
01:02 April 19, 2011 by eZee.se
"Pedophile content"???!!

I've used that site for years and never found even one link to pedo stuff.

From what I hear pedo stuff gets taken down from there faster than any fake torrents.

If you keep stumbling onto child porn might I suggest you... not upload it?

Also, if you use FireFox or Chrome might I suggest you check out

08:49 April 19, 2011 by HeilNizar

"Upload it"? Serious? Whats the name of your slum?!

I have kid of my own and that's makes me HATE it even more how government are doing very little concerning pedophilia.

As for TPB content, I came across it once by accident, then I clicked on the name of the uploader, and boy oh boy, he has been uploading that for ever and nothing was taken down yet, I also read some of the "thanks, appreciation and linking to other threads" comments on most of his torrents, so don't tell me "..gets taken down..".

Oh and by the way, what I saw from his previews was little girls modeling, and I consider that pedophilia.
15:30 April 19, 2011 by CokoSwede
HeilNizar, if you consider that pedophilia then you are a moronic, stupid wench and should shut yourself in your cave.

Vote Pirate Party!
16:48 April 19, 2011 by eZee.se

Yes, I was serious.

Because I have visited TPB pretty much from the year it was founded, before it became the largest bit-torrent site IN THE WORLD, and never seen child porn (CP) there.

The only way to see CP there - is if you are the scum who uploads it just to complain to others: "Oh look, there's CP on TPB".

Although I have never come across "little girls modeling" as you describe, I don't think that's CP either (and this coming from a guy who wholly supports castration of the scum who make AND trade in CP). Just open Google images and google "family on beach", there are plenty of pictures that come up (im guessing) that would suit your definition of children posing for the camera - but that is in no way CP/pedophilia.
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