While the name “The Pirate Bay” has become synonymous with illegal file-sharing, it looks like its founders are ready to turn over a new leaf with the launch of its new file-hosting service called BayFiles. The service will work similar to MegaUpload/Rapidshare – a service that allows users to upload files for personal storage or sharing purposes, and it will eventually compete with other cloud-storage services like Dropbox.
Taking a 180-turn departure from their previous endeavours, BayFiles won’t be giving the middle finger to the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) but instead it will be working to make sure that there won’t be any illegally hosted files on the service. BayFiles clearly states in its terms of service that content that “violates third-party copyrights” is not permitted to be uploaded and “regardless of proof of infringement” – repeat offenders will have their accounts disabled. No word on how strict they will be enforcing this policy, but if The Pirate Bay’s founders learnt anything from experience, they would probably be doing their best to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself.
Bayfiles is up and running now, with three different levels of file sharing. Unregistered members can upload files of up to 250MB, regular members 500MB and premium members 5GB. At the moment there aren’t any ads though there are wait times and Captcha Codes – but the interface is clean and definitely pleasing to the eye. Check out BayFiles.