Pirate Bay acquires anti-piracy domain

Written by Tim Smalley

October 16, 2007 | 14:31

Tags: #anti-piracy #bay #domain #federation #ifpi #industry #international #internet #pirate #pirates

Companies: #riaa

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s home on the Internet, IFPI.com, has mysteriously fallen into the hands of The Pirate Bay, the world’s largest torrent tracker.

Many may not have heard of the IFPI before, but you’re bound to have heard of the RIAA and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI); the IFPI is the parent organisation for these two anti-piracy companies.

In a rather comical move, The Pirate Bay has decided to use the domain to host the newly-founded International Federation of Pirate Interests.

TorrentFreak got in touch with Brokep, one of The Pirate Bay’s administrators, in order to get an explanation of what this new organisation is all about. “[It’s] the new international federation we’re starting in order to get the word of piracy spread,” he said.

The IFPI is reportedly unhappy with the move, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

This follows on from last week where a leaked email conversation between the IFPI and one of its lawyers revealed that the anti-piracy organisation was requesting confidential information from the Swedish police as part of an on-going police investigation. I guess you could say that has come back to bite the IFPI in the backside...

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