Pirate Bay suitor GGF set for deal with record label

Aug 05, 2009
Supporters of the website The Pirate Bay, one of the world's top illegal filesharing websites, demonstrate in Stockholm in April 2009. Global Gaming Factory (GGF), the Swedish online games firm set to acquire illegal download site The Pirate Bay, said it was close to signing a record deal with a major record company.

Global Gaming Factory (GGF), the Swedish online games firm set to acquire illegal download site The Pirate Bay, said on Wednesday it was close to signing a record deal with a major record company.

"We almost have a contract ready with one of them," chief executive Hans Pendaya told AFP.

He declined to name which record label GGF was planning to strike an agreement with but said it was one of the "Big Four" from EMI, Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music.

Pendaya explained the idea behind the deal was to sell the record label's content and back catalogue through the Pirate Bay, which it agreed to buy at the end of June.

He added GGF's purchase of the popular website is set to be rubber-stamped by shareholders by August 27 at the latest.

The Pirate Bay is one of the world's largest download sites, claiming to have 20 million registered users.

Founded in 2003, The makes it possible to skirt copyright fees and share , film and files for free using bit torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site -- yet none of the material can be found on the site's server.

Its three founders and the site's main financial backer were sentenced to a year in jail in April by a Stockholm court.

Their sentencing came at a time when many countries across the world were looking at ways to tighten up the law on .

(c) 2009 AFP

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