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The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

Postby SlyckTom » Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:02 pm

Here’s a development from The Pirate Bay crew that is bound to send shock waves through the entertainment industry. Over the weekend, The Pirate Bay quietly released a new feature that enables direct torrent linking to a user's Facebook profile.

There’s never been anything preventing a torrent link on Facebook, so the concept itself isn’t very earth shattering. However, what’s very interesting is the “share on Facebook” link that now accompanies every torrent listing on The Pirate Bay. In essence, the feature streamlines the placement and formatting of torrent links on one’s Facebook page.

Facebook has a rather strict policy when it comes to posting unauthorized content. If you’re caught posting a copyrighted work, it will be removed, and quite possibly, your account may be suspended. But we’re talking about torrent files and BitTorrent here, a protocol that is slowly becoming accepted as a mainstream avenue of distribution.

And it’s no secret that bands, musicians, and businesses all use Facebook to profile their offerings. It’s also no secret that many bands, musicians and developers enjoy giving their products away for free. So here’s the conundrum – does Facebook take a Gatling gun to The Pirate Bay’s nifty new feature? Or have we entered a brave new world of file distribution that once again marries social networking with file-sharing?

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Re: The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

Postby Paladwyn » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:49 pm

I'm sure to avoid some legal repurcussions...Facebook will pull out that gatling gun and blow it to pieces. A company like them really don't want the attention from legal authorities and 'whatnot'
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Re: The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

Postby Fartingbob » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:42 am

Linking to a page that links to a torrent that links to a file? This whole grey area is getting more and more grey all the time!
But yea, FB will probably be pressured to remove the app (which they have ever right to do) from the usual suspects.
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Re: The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

Postby Scavenger » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:32 pm

Brilliant idea by TPB, but unfortunately, Facebook will buckle under the pressure from the entertainment industry and remove the app for fear that they, too, will be labeled supporting illegal activities...

I never fail to be amused by TPB's immensely creative actions...
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Re: The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

Postby voodoohippie » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:51 am

Or maybe not there is strength in numbers. Just as phone phreakers beat the phone company into submission and you have flat rate long distance so too will you have fair use when the RIAA is beaten down. Trust and believe folks.
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Re: The Pirate Bay Introduces Facebook App

Postby FireBox » Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:08 am

This is just another version of the old what’s-the-difference-and-who-decides-it question.
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