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The Pirate Bay Introduces Oscartorrents
February 11, 2007
Thomas Mennecke
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The Pirate Bay has always been known for its gutsy public relations ploys. One only needs to travel to their "legal threats" page to realize the ambivalence placed on the threat of prosecution. From their protests to the support of radical copyright reform, no one was quite prepared for their newest, most daring plan yet - Oscartorrents.com.

As the name implies, Oscartorrents.com is a torrent site completely dedicated to Oscar contending movies. The site's left column is broken down into the typical Oscar categories - Best Movie, Best Actor in a leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role - with the corresponding torrent files linked with each section.

The movie industry has been particularly aggressive against piracy involving Oscar-contending films, and this move by The Pirate Bay appears to be very provocative. However, the site has some interactive features for the community, such as the ability to vote on a film's merits.

Oscartorrents.com almost has an authorized movie/music store feel - save for the anti-establishment literature on the front page. Each torrent has a commercial screen shot with a description of each torrent offered. The site also challenges the movie industry to the time-honored, "can't beat em' join em' " adage.

"To all intellectual property landlords: we are aware that OscarTorrents might annoy you -- but contain your righteous indignation for a while, and think: we're only linking to torrents that already exist. Face it: your membrane has burst, and it wasn't us who burst it. Your precious bodily fluids are escaping.

"You haven't beaten us, so why not join us?"

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