The Pirate Bay attempts new software standard

Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 10:14 AM EST

The Pirate Bay is developing a new software standard for Internet downloads in a move that could make it easier to swap media files, which is illegal in many countries.

The Pirate Bay is the biggest ad-supported site using the software of BitTorrent Inc. The program has been a good match for Internet denizens looking to pick up free downloads of copyrighted media. But BitTorrent has seen some long-awaited success in working with major media companies, and as its ties with the industry grow, it might add features to discourage trading pirated materials, said Pirate Bay's co-founder, Peter Sunde.

At Reuters.

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