The boys at The Pirate Bay are at it again. After rising from the ashes just days after Swedish authorities shut it down and since making plans to buy their own island, TPB is again pushing the issue with copyright holders.
This time they've launched Oscar Torrents, showcasing bittorrent links to all of this year's Oscar nominees by award category.
OscarTorrents is the Oscars as it should be — everyone can download the year's nominations using the popular BitTorrent service, watch the movies, then use our rating system to choose their favorites. Why restrict the voting to a few bought-off jurors when the whole world can have their say?
The TPB boys have this message for the studios:
… You haven't beaten us, so why not join us? Think of a new business model that doesn't involve overpriced pieces of plastic and skanky cinemas hawking cheap carbohydrates while relying on $6/hr projectionists who can't keep a film in focus — not to mention insulting your audiences by (to pick a few examples) surveilling us with nightvision glasses, searching bags, 30 minutes of commercials and bombarding us with ridiculous anti-piracy propaganda. Take a look at yourselves. Is it really any wonder we're winning?
It will be interesting to watch how the studios will react, but as TPB has shown – the genie is way out of the bottle.