The Pirate Bay will move away from the BitTorrent protocol within the next 12 months, one of the site’s admins has announced in a video interview. The Pirate Bay is actively developing its own, yet-to-be-named P2P protocol that will feature added security measures to foil spammers and other enhancements. The team is said to already have a working software in place but is still hammering out the details of the protocol itself, which will be open source.

This announcement could be bad news for BitTorrent Inc. and anyone who is using the BitTorrent protocol as a basis for commercial applications. The Pirate Bay claims to have between 1.5 million and two million visitors per day and is certainly one of the biggest and most prominent torrent sites; it could probably get a significant amount of its users to switch to a new application utilizing a different protocol. P2P users have proven to be less than loyal to their preferred sharing platforms in the past, abandoning Napster, Morpheus, Kazaa and many others over the years in the search for the best file-sharing fix — so why should this be any different? Continue reading at

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