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Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

Soulskill posted about 5 years ago | from the if-you-can't-beat-'em dept.

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mlingojones writes "TorrentFreak breaks the news of The Pirate Bay's acquisition by Warner Bros: 'After years of hostility, lawsuits, police raids and heated invective between the two groups, the Pirate Bay has today announced they have settled their differences with US media conglomerate Warner Bros. The largest BitTorrent tracker has sold out to Hollywood and the two have agreed a deal.'"

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Oh well (5, Funny)

Squiffy (242681) | about 5 years ago | (#27420839)

Well, that's the end of that.

Re:Oh well (-1, Troll)

slummy (887268) | about 5 years ago | (#27420891)

seriously? you believe this? lol u b suxin dewd PWNIEZ!

Re:Oh well (5, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 5 years ago | (#27420969)

you believe this?

Why not, in order to be an april fools joke, humor would have to be involved, therefore I can only conclude that this is seriousness.

Re:Oh well (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27420933)

In other news, The Pirate Bay settled with the RIAA/MPAA today.

In the agreement, TPB will pay RIAA/MPAA a licensing fee for every song they sell. RIAA/MPAA lawyers hailed the deal as ground breaking.

TPB managed to keep a straight face long enough to get out of the room before laughing themselves silly at the RIAA/MPAA stupidity!

Re:Oh well (2, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | about 5 years ago | (#27421143)

Wait, so does this mean I can download torrents from TPB on my Time/Warner cable modem, FINALLY?!? This is great! People doubted the cable companies, but they're finally showing some hope, what with this and the non-secret bandwidth limits.

Re:Oh well (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 years ago | (#27421197)

"Wait, so does this mean I can download torrents from TPB on my Time/Warner cable modem, FINALLY?!? This is great! People doubted the cable companies, but they're finally showing some hope, what with this and the non-secret bandwidth limits."

Well, yes and no.

YOu can now hook in to PB for torrents and download what you wish.

The downside is that since Warner bought the Pirate BAy.....there will no longer be any Warner Bros. titles offered there. Only stuff from the other guys.....

Re:Oh well (5, Insightful)

Zerth (26112) | about 5 years ago | (#27421535)

The downside is that since Warner bought the Pirate BAy.....there will no longer be any Warner Bros. titles offered there. Only stuff from the other guys..... /blockquote.

This is a downside?

Re:Oh well (5, Insightful)

HardCase (14757) | about 5 years ago | (#27421181)

See, back in the day, /. used to come up with one really good original April Fool's joke. It was like they crafted it over the course of a month or two, then popped it on an unsuspecting crowd. It was elegant, it was funny and it suckered lots and lots of people.

That evolved into the new philosophy of the past few years which is "if one really good joke was great, how about a bunch of really lame ones?" It's quantity over quality which, I guess, is what we want now.

I miss the old /.

Re:Oh well (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421391)

Your mom's a big fan of quantity over quality as well.

Re:Oh well (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | about 5 years ago | (#27421473)

Me too. I was an AC here for years before I bothered to register, and the AF jokes back then were much, much better.

  I'm laid up with a sprained ankle right now, and I was looking forward to today, for the laughs - could use some. This is lame. A lot of comments have been funny, but the stories just haven't been.

  Even OMG PONIES was better than this :(

SB

Re:Oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421501)

you forgot to say get off my lawn.

Re:Oh well (3, Insightful)

kestasjk (933987) | about 5 years ago | (#27421511)

Who cares? (Anything for a "good old days" rant I guess, I don't remember them being so great before)

Re:Oh well (1)

PixelThis (690303) | about 5 years ago | (#27421253)

You know, I really thought it would go the other way. The Pirate Bay is really in a much more favorable position vis-a-vis liquidity and interesting content than Warner Brothers. Be interesting to see how the deal plays out and what members of the Pirate Bay end up on Warner's board of directors.

Re:Oh well (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421503)

You know, I really thought it would go the other way. The Pirate Bay is really in a much more favorable position vis-a-vis liquidity and interesting content than Warner Brothers. Be interesting to see how the deal plays out and what members of the Pirate Bay end up on Warner's board of directors.

You said "vis-a-vis." That should get you an automatic -1 Pretentious Bastard.

Seriously, guys... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27420851)

Stop it. Please. April Fools is pants.

Re:Seriously, guys... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421185)

Yes! Please stop. These aren't clever stories for geeks. Slashdot /should/ sprinkle the April 1 reports with a few really good pranks from online, but these aren't that.

I mean, come on:

The Guardian Shifts To Twitter After 188 Years of Ink
Online Banking Customers Migrating To Lynx
Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI
Interview With the Author of "Mastering Cat"
Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

Sorry if you didn't have much to choose from this year, but then just take the dignified way out and stop posting them after noon. Better luck next year.

Re:Seriously, guys... (5, Informative)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 years ago | (#27421229)

"Stop it. Please. April Fools is pants."

Gotta ask...what the hell does that mean? Something is 'pants'?? Never heard that one before.

Re:Seriously, guys... (2, Informative)

Enderandrew (866215) | about 5 years ago | (#27421293)

I believe it stems from British English. They call pants trousers, and underwear pants. I also believe that pants is used as a somewhat general derogatory there.

Re:Seriously, guys... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421439)

British English? Isn't that like... English English?

English ('nuff said)
American English (bastardized English)
Canadian English (identity crisis English)

I.Am.Canadian.

Re:Seriously, guys... (2, Informative)

Iguanadon (1173453) | about 5 years ago | (#27421313)

"Stop it. Please. April Fools is pants."

Gotta ask...what the hell does that mean? Something is 'pants'?? Never heard that one before.

The word pants is a British term akin to "rubbish." I believe the British also use the word pants to mean underwear and trousers to mean pants.

Re:Seriously, guys... (5, Informative)

VJ42 (860241) | about 5 years ago | (#27421327)

"Stop it. Please. April Fools is pants."

Gotta ask...what the hell does that mean? Something is 'pants'?? Never heard that one before.

It's a colloquialism in British English that's used as a rough synonym for bollocks\crap\rubbish\arse.

Pants in British English are underwear instead of trousers, hence the negative connotations.

Re:Seriously, guys... (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | about 5 years ago | (#27421367)

It's a brit thing, think "dumb" or "stupid". It became something of a slashdot phenomenon to tag idle articles 'idleispants' for a while.

Re:Seriously, guys... (3, Insightful)

Zontar_Thing_From_Ve (949321) | about 5 years ago | (#27421459)

Stop it. Please. April Fools is pants.

That's what I love about the Brits. Yes, we Yanks/Americans get all the crap for not speaking English properly. Yet somehow our Canadian friends to the north, who except for a few odd British spellings (colour) and a few strange words (ever sat on a Winchester? It's not a gun.) say almost the same thing as we do with an accent that's close to ours, yet they escape condemnation. And don't get me started on the Aussies, who would probably say some crap like this:
Apfo pan
and we'd be expected to know that means "April Fools is pants".

But I digress. Really, you have to love the Brits. According to one source I found, saying that something "is pants" means it's of poor quality. So instead of saying
April Fools is lame
or
April Fools' is tired (note the apostrophe because the day is April Fools' Day with an apostrophe)
they have to tell us that "it's pants", which somehow we non-Brits will all magically know. For shizzle my nizzle.

This has GOT to be an April Fools story (0, Redundant)

oldspewey (1303305) | about 5 years ago | (#27420855)

No way this is for real

Great detective work there (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27420929)

I would never have figured this out if it weren't for your insightful comment

Re:This has GOT to be an April Fools story (1)

Cube Steak (1520237) | about 5 years ago | (#27421075)

Really? You mean a incongruent totally event that has a story posted about it on April Fools Day isn't real? I bow down to your amazing cranial abilities, Sherlock, cause I'm sure no one else would have figured it out if not for you.

Yea, right! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27420859)

Its April first silly

oh my lord (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27420877)

I can't hardly believe this is real! I'm writing home to mammy about this! She'll break the rocker!

Re:oh my lord (1)

Patch86 (1465427) | about 5 years ago | (#27421221)

Unrelated aside: Which is the last English-speaking country to experience midnight on 1st April? When does that happen?

Re:oh my lord (1)

Evan Charlton (1498823) | about 5 years ago | (#27421405)

I would assume it would be the US due to the Aleutian islands that extend over the international date line (well, not really over it, since they bend the line around the islands. Doesn't get much later than that.

Re:oh my lord (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421479)

It's probably Hawaii.

Obvious joke is obvious. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27420881)

Meme goes here.

It's about time (5, Funny)

notarockstar1979 (1521239) | about 5 years ago | (#27420899)

Honestly this is the whole reason for the lawsuits. It was to devalue TPB so that WB or one of the other big media groups could purchase them on the cheap. I can't believe no one saw this coming.

Next on the block? Sony (4, Funny)

pha7boy (1242512) | about 5 years ago | (#27420911)

Sony was, reportedly, also interested in a deal with Pirate Bay to distribute it's share of Sony-Ericsson over the net. Fortunately, the deal fell through... for now...

Not a bad idea (2, Insightful)

jbeaupre (752124) | about 5 years ago | (#27420919)

Probably the cheapest way to get rid of Pirate Bay is to buy them off. Piracy protection money?

Re:Not a bad idea (3, Interesting)

zoobaby (583075) | about 5 years ago | (#27420965)

While sounds good, every one with the know how would go out and set up a torrent in hopes of a buy-out.

Re:Not a bad idea (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | about 5 years ago | (#27421269)

Good point. If it took long enough for a replacement to emerge (5000 crappy torrent trackers aren't a problem, 1 good one is), and if the buy out were small enough each time, then maybe it could be worth it. That seems pretty unlikely.

Yo, dawg.... (0, Redundant)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 5 years ago | (#27420949)

1. I for one, welcome the return to a beowulf cluster of serious news for nerds instead of childish pranks or Soviet Russia parodying you.
2. ???
3. Profit!

These April Fools stories are getting annoying. (1, Redundant)

SomeJoel (1061138) | about 5 years ago | (#27420953)

Must EVERY story today be an April Fools joke? Now, I'm playing "spot the real story" rather than "spot the joke".

Re:These April Fools stories are getting annoying. (1)

dingo8baby (1262090) | about 5 years ago | (#27421003)

considering most of these are reporting other site's prank articles, it probably will be a day full of prank articles.

Re:These April Fools stories are getting annoying. (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 years ago | (#27421287)

"Must EVERY story today be an April Fools joke? Now, I'm playing "spot the real story" rather than "spot the joke".

You must be new here....

I think you got that backwards. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421549)

Used to be only one or two AF jokes on this site per year. Past few years it's been bombarded with them.

No More April Fool Stories (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27420961)

One good one is more than sufficient.

In an unrelated news, (4, Funny)

deego (587575) | about 5 years ago | (#27420975)

In an unrelated news, Stallman has just announced that he's joining Microsoft.

Re:In an unrelated news, (5, Funny)

perryizgr8 (1370173) | about 5 years ago | (#27421231)

In an unrelated news, Stallman has just announced that he's joining Microsoft.

in related news, windows 7 goes open source.

Re:In an unrelated news, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421289)

Win 7 has been scrapped for the new Microsoft Linux Vista

http://www.itwire.com/content/view/24164/1141/

April Fools banner ads? (1)

whoever57 (658626) | about 5 years ago | (#27420997)

I see a couple of banner ads on /. that one might think are April Fools jokes: T. Boone Pickens on the stimulus plan and the BSA. I don't believe the T. Boone Pickens ads are April Fools because I started seeing them yesterday, or earlier. But BSA ads? Can anyone think of a less receptive audience than /. for the BSA?

Cartoon Show (1)

Korey Kaczor (1345661) | about 5 years ago | (#27420999)

So, when can we expect the new cartoon show about a lovable yet goofy software pirate who is out to save the world (with their trusty robotic companion and sidekick)?

Official Press Release :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421053)

                                              PRESS RELEASE FOR
                                          IMMEDIATE PUBLISHING!
Warner Brothers Inc. announced today that it has agreed to acquire The Pirate Bay, the consumer media company for
people to share original copies through a Web experience, for $13.37 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. Follow-
ing the acquisition, The Pirate Bay will operate independently to preserve its successful brand and passionate commu-
nity.
The acquisition combines one of the largest and fastest growing online entertainment communities with Warner Brosâ(TM)s
expertise in organizing information and creating new models for advertising on the Internet. The combined companies
will focus on providing a better, more comprehensive experience for users interested in downloading, watching and
sharing content, and will offer new opportunities for professional content owners to distribute their work to reach a
vast new audience.
âoeThe The Pirate Bay team has built an exciting and powerful media platform that complements Warner Brosâ(TM)s mission
to organize the worldâ(TM)s information and make it universally accessible and useful,â said Jim Kjeyzer, Chief Executive
Officer of Warner Bros. âoeOur companies share similar values; we both always put our users first and are committed to
innovating to improve their experience. Together, we are natural partners to offer a compelling media entertainment
service to users, content owners and advertisers.â
âoeOur community has played a vital role in changing the way that people consume media, creating a new hip culture.
By joining forces with Warner Bros, we can benefit from its global reach and technology leadership to deliver a more
comprehensive entertainment experience for our users and to create new opportunities for our partners,â said Anakata,
CEO and Co-Founder of The Pirate Bay. âoeIâ(TM)m confident that with this partnership weâ(TM)ll have the flexibility and re-
sources needed to pursue our goal of building the next-generation platform for serving media worldwide.â
When the acquisition is complete, The Pirate Bay will retain its distinct brand identity, strengthening and complement-
ing Warner Brosâ(TM)s own fast-growing video business. The Pirate Bay will continue to be based in Stockholm, Sweden,
and all The Pirate Bay employees will remain with the company. With Warner Brosâ(TM)s technology, advertiser relation-
ships and global reach, The Pirate Bay will continue to build on its success as one of the worldâ(TM)s most popular services
for online entertainment.
The number of Warner Bros shares to be issued in the transaction will be determined based on the 30-day average clos-
ing price two trading days prior to the completion of the acquisition. Both companies have approved the transaction,
which is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2009.
The company will host a conference and webcast at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) tomorrow to
discuss the acquisition. To access the conference, please email scott.rowe@warnerbros.com A replay of the will be
available until midnight Thursday, April 16 at various interwebs internationally. Confirmation code for the replay is
1337101.
About Warner Bros Inc.
Warner Brosâ(TM)s innovative movie film technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every
day. Founded in 1918 by small time crooks Harry and Albert, Warner Bros today is a top web property in all major
global markets. Warner Brosâ(TM)s targeted film movie program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results,
while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Warner Bros is headquartered in Hollywood with offices through-
out the Americas, Europes and Asias. For more information, visit www.WarnerBros.com.
About The Pirate Bay
Founded in February 2003, The Pirate Bay is a consumer media company for people to share original copies worldwide
through a Web experience. The Pirate Bay allows people to easily upload and share torrents on www.ThePirateBay.
org and across the Internet through websites, blogs, and e-mail. The Pirate Bay currently delivers more than 1 million
torrents every day with 65,000 new torrents uploaded daily and it has quickly become the leading destination on the
Internet for video entertainment.

End this now. (0)

dfdashh (1060546) | about 5 years ago | (#27421063)

I get it - it's April 1st. Can we move on to real articles now? FYI, here is a head's up on some other tech-related April Fools Jokes [techcrunch.com] we will see on the /. front page.

HAPPY ST STUPID'S DAY!! (-1, Flamebait)

Eggplant62 (120514) | about 5 years ago | (#27421067)

Artcles like this are why I love April 1.

Re:HAPPY ST STUPID'S DAY!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421561)

I don't understand why they don't at least attemp to make it believable. Seriously, it's not hard to make up something borderline true and get a group (forgetting the date) believing.

But then again, it's slashdot editors we are talking about...

I saw this last night around 12am EST... (1)

Cormophyte (1318065) | about 5 years ago | (#27421093)

...and had forgotten the next day was April 1. Everything in my insides clenched for just a moment.

That would be a shock and a disaster.

Don't Forget (1)

meerling (1487879) | about 5 years ago | (#27421137)

Today is April 1st.

Enjoy the joke, go to thepiratebay.org, click on the icon/picture, download the 'release'.

In related news... (1)

GPLDAN (732269) | about 5 years ago | (#27421151)

Warner subsidiary MTV announced that Tobias Andersson would be getting a reality show slated for primetime, called DataGeek Island.

The show features scantily clad women who compete for the affection of pasty sysadmins through a series of challenges, such as completing fibonacci sequences and climbing greased poles.

In a special segment, Peter Sunde from PirateBay will take over as the new CEO of Warner's file sharing site, now aptly named, Freedom's Destroyer with the iconic picture of a masted pirate ship replaced by a picture of the Battleship Bismarck. Peter will relocate to Venice Beach, California where he will share a home with Universal Music CEO Per Sundin. The two will strategize on money making opportunities, such as adding DRM directly to .torrent files and using pay-as-you trackers tied directly to credit card accounts.

Warner Brothers CEO Barry Meyer released this statement: "As somebody who had a hand in producing Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, I was ready to pull the plug on those fucking Swedes, if you know what I'm saying. But fortunately for all, we all came to our senses and realized that in the world of unbridled capitalism, co-opting the enemy is always the best strategy. Just look at Obama and the Taliban. We're just following the Zeitgeist here, guys. Now if you will excuse me, I have to take lunch with Dick Cheney. He's got some brilliant anti-privacy...err... sorry... anti-piracy ideas."

Copyright Reuters 2009.

Ugh, April Fools overload... (1)

tjstork (137384) | about 5 years ago | (#27421175)

-can't-take-any-more-bad-april-fools-articles--

Re:Ugh, April Fools overload... (1)

xenolion (1371363) | about 5 years ago | (#27421399)

I agree with you, please at least make one seem funny or close to real even my four year old nephew knows better LOL.

April Fools jokes need to be at least (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421179)

April Fools jokes need to be at least semi believable....

If you can tell from the headline that it's bullshit then that's no good..The joke shouldn't fall apart until the very end....

I'm just sayin...

Dear Internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27421527)

Enough with the fake "funny" news already. It was fun the first decade when only a few companies/news sources did it, now it's just annoying.

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