Article: The Pirate Bay Wants MediaDefender to Walk the Plank to Bankruptcy

From: Tabish Hasan <>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 11:50:30 -0700

Go torrent team! Show em what we got... :-)





The Pirate Bay Wants MediaDefender to Walk the Plank to Bankruptcy

Written by enigmax <> on July
04, 2007

The BitTorrent trackers sitting in the depths of The Pirate Bay are
there for the benefit of the people, to help them distribute bandwidth
intensive media worldwide at no cost. But when anti-piracy companies
like Media Defender of MiiVi infamy abuse that service, it's time to
bring out the plank. They're not welcome.

The guys at The Pirate Bay <> aren't happy.
Certain commercial outfits have been trying to use their trackers to
hunt down pirates - companies like Media Defender
<> who will be fresh in your
mind following the MiiVi
oad-site-to-trap-people/> incident. Certain counter-measures have been
put in place to deal with this situation.

Brokep explained that steps are taken to block Media Defender from
accessing their trackers. "We block them and some other torrent sites do
as well." Holding out a helping hand to other tracker administrators
worldwide he continued, "if any other torrent site need some IP ranges
to block, just talk to us."

It's clear that Brokep and the crew have had enough of Media Defender,
and the Miivi incident seems to be the straw that broke the camels back.
"Since the Miivi-incident we can't keep quiet about them anymore" he
said. "We want their employers to stop using them so they go bankrupt."

In the meantime, The Pirate Bay has introduced a Usage Policy for their
trackers, engineered to keep certain commercial organizations out, while
ensuring that service continues as usual for everyone else. For most
companies, this will simply involve them getting a nod from the guys to
use the tracker.

Companies like Media Defender (who have already had their attention
drawn to the changes) should take extra care to read this part of the
Usage Policy <> .

"The tracker may not be used by anyone with the intention to track
usage, log ip addresses/usage or anything else that we consider
intrusion of privacy or disruption of tracker service. If you are not
sure if this would be the case for your usage, please contact us in
order to get our permission."

Brokep has informed Media Defender that if they manage to access the
tracker, they will be breaking the terms of the Usage Policy and
unfortunately, The Pirate Bay will have no choice but to invoice them at
the following rates:

Basic Fee: EUR 5000
plus bandwidth
plus other costs that may arise due to the violation.

Of course, individuals, organizations and companies who use the trackers
for "well meaning" purposes, such as distributing works of cultural
benefit for the end user, do not need to ask permission.

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