The owners of Pirate Bay may be facing a year in jail for copyright infringement but the website is still trying to find ways to get premium content on the web for free.
The Video Bay is a video spin-off of the P2P link site and is now in "beta extreme", according to its makers.
The project has been around for two years now and is still some way from completion – a five year plan has been mooted.
However, parts of the site have been open to the public, so they could have a look at just what Video Bay will look like. Search functionality was was working, but now all this has been replaced with the ominous message that the site is "coming soon".
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This seems to be all part of the plan, with the holding page admitting: "Don't expect anything to work at all."
"To stay in the spirit on which TPB was founded and using the Latest Technology™, TVB aims to use the new HTML5 features, more specificly [sic] the <video> and <audio> tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats," notes the website.
The message continues: "This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk (en)coding, so please don't bug us too much if the site ain't working properly."
There are two demos on the website to show how the audio and video tagging will work. Both demos contain music videos for Rage Against The Machine and AC/DC.
It all sounds like the free-for-all YouTube was at the beginning of its life, where users could upload pretty much anything without fear that audio on their clips would be replaced with silence or, worse, the videos taken off forever.
Via Torrent Freak