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New Pirate Bay boss spells out legitimate future

The potential new boss of torrent website The Pirate Bay – which is set to become a legal music venture once its sale goes through – has outlined his future plans for the site.

Wayne Rosso, whose Global Gaming Factory X AB company will acquire The Pirate Bay in August, revealed he is working with London music executives to create a viable legal version of the notorious torrent website.

Rosso’s firm are buying The Pirate Bay for 60 million Swedish SEK (£4.7 million), shortly after its four founders and hosts were jailed and fined for copyright infringement offences.

In an interview with CNET, Rosso said The Pirate Bay’s new regime will offer fans unlimited legal music downloads for a small monthly fee, though a hierarchy uploading scheme could see users’ fees lessened depending on how much they use the site.

Working under a ‘cloud’ network system, users will be encouraged to dedicate their own hard drive space to the site.

“The more of your computer resources you contribute to the network, the less you pay down to zero,” Rosso said, adding: “The user is in control.”

Rosso says he wants the majority of The Pirate Bay’s income to come from selling the computer power gained from the cloud scheme, explaining that it will save Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) resources.

“We hope to introduce a new BitTorrent technology that will optimize ISP traffic,” he said. “We can save ISPs up to 80 per cent of their resources. Half of the Internet traffic is file-sharing and half of that traffic is Pirate Bay.”