The Pirate Bay has added several new cryptocurrency donation options to its site, including fresh Monero and Litecoin addresses. While the operators believe in the power of cryptocurrency, they don’t appear to be fans of Bitcoin Cash, ‘mocking’ the Bitcoin fork across the entire site.
As cryptocurrency mining becomes more closely associated with ‘pirate’ sites, some private torrent trackers are implementing an interesting solution to their own economic problems. Through the use of miners, users are able to generate revenue for a site but they’re also given so-called ‘upload credit’ in return, which in itself is a virtual currency variant used to ‘buy’ content.
Anti-piracy organizations have come up with a wide variety of measures to combat copyright infringement over the years, with varying results. Enlisting the public to track down pirates in exchange for Bitcoin bounties is one of the more exotic ways, but according to eBook publisher Erudition, it’s a great way to tackle this growing problem. And they’re not alone.
A few hours ago a cryptocurrency miner appeared on The Pirate Bay website, using the computer resources of visitors to mine Monero coins. The operators of The Pirate Bay are testing it as a new way to generate revenue, but many users aren’t happy.