Evaluating PirateBay Business Model & How does PirateBay make Money – UE Analysis
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ThePirateBay, TPB, as it is fondly known in the torrenting fraternity, is the king of online piracy websites. They are staunch supporters of “content for all” philosophy and that all torrenting users need not be criminals. Torrents can be used legitimately for downloading content in countries where there is strict control over freedom of speech etc. It can be used to transfer large file sizes privately to other users etc. Thus I have no clue why governments (bribed by Large Media houses) have problems with illegal torrent site business models or how piratebay makes money etc.
About PirateBay, Funders, Founders and Facts
TPB has been the subject of love and hate of almost everyone on the internet. Media houses hate TPB for stealing their content and infringing on copyrights, governments hate TPB for spreading revolutionary thoughts amongst youth etc. Please understand that The Pirate Bay is not a download LOCATION/SITE, it is merely an online index (directory) of content and its location on the internet (let’s say Google Maps of Media Industry). Content comprises of entertainment media and software. Swedish think tank Piratbyrån (was the company behind TPB), here visitors can search, download and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol.
PirateBay Founders: Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm – All 3 have served Jail time for illegal distribution of copyrighted content.
PirateBay Funding: NONE, They operate as a non-profit and all the money that comes in goes towards funding the expenses and keeping TPB alive on the internet.