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'Pirate' file-sharing sites seek bitcoin booty

Apr 24, 2013 at 7:36 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 10, 2021 at 10:42 a.m. UTC

A growing number of peer-to-peer file-sharing sites -- among them the notorious The Pirate Bay -- is starting to accept bitcoin donations from their users.

The main page of The Pirate Bay's website now lists a bitcoin address, presumably for donations. OpenBitTorrent has also joined the party, as has PublicBitTorrent. Istole.it  also features a bitcoin address. As of yet, though, there is no sign of bitcoin adoption at Isohunt or its sister sites.

Bitcoin's perceived anonymity makes it the perfect donation mechanism for file-sharing operations, many of which track copyrighted content being shared online. The Pirate Bay, for example, has battled take-down attempts for years, and has a highly distributed network of web servers designed to protect it from attack.

As of 8 AM BST on April 24, The Pirate Bay had received 125 bitcoin donations, for a total of just over 11 BTC (roughly $1600 (US)).

File-sharing news site Torrentfreak has more here.

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