PirateBay wants a new software standard to replace BitTorrent

By EDRi · November 21, 2007

(Dieser Artikel ist auch in deutscher Sprache verfügbar)

The Pirate Bay, the famous torrent Swedish website, may affect BitTorrent
programme by developing a new software standard for Internet downloads.

According to Peter Sunde, Pirate Bay’s co-founder, the site might have a
new, more open alternative of file-sharing software at the beginning of next
year. In his opinion, BitTorrent might develop in the future some features
discouraging the trade of some “pirated materials” which might affect very
many users of the site. There are also fears that BitTorrent may gain total
control over P2P traffic which led to the creation of a working group that
will build an open protocol that could be further developed by anyone
without being controlled by anybody. The working group has also in view the
development of technical improvements to the current file-sharing methods
including the optimisation of upload bandwidth and the increasing of the
user privacy degree.

BitTorrent’s deal with Brightcove, a web distributor of video for CBS, News
Corp’s Fox Entertainment Group, Viacom, and New York Times can indeed be
seen as a threat as commented Eric Garland, chief executive of BigChampagne,
a company tracking file sharing. “Future development (of BitTorrent
software) will almost certainly be focused on things that do not benefit or
further the aims of the pirate” he said.

In its turn, BitTorrent does not feel threatened by Pirate Bay’s intentions.
“We are not really disappointed here,” declared Ashwin Navin, president and
co-founder of BitTorrent who added: “The pirate community has never paid us
a dime.”

NetzpolitikTV – Interview with Peter from ThePirateBay.org. (29.10.2007)

NetzpolitikTV 026: The Pirate Bay!

File-sharing pirates attempt new software standard (7.11.2007)

BitTorrent to be killed by Pirate Bay plans? (31.10.2007)