The Pirate Bay (TPB), the world's most well known file-sharing website, has announced that it will be launching a new video sharing website to be known as The Video Bay.
The site will not adhere to copyright laws and is intended to be a rival to YouTube. At present It is not clear when the service will actually go live. The site's founders would only say "It will be done when it's done".
The move comes in the wake of jailing of the four men behind The Pirate Bay and The Pirate Bay founder, Peter Sunde, announced the launch on the Open Video Conference in New York. In a statement on the site, Mr Sunde confirmed the service would use the latest HTML 5 features by saying "More specifically the audio and video tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats. This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk encoding, so please don't bug us too much if the site isn't working properly".
A preview of the site showed, perhaps deliberately, a number of copyrighted music videos available for viewing in the navigation sidebar. The move will undoubtedly be seen as provocative, with the organisation's founders convicted of breaking copyright law and facing a year-long prison sentence.
Last week a Swedish court threw out a request for a retrial made on behalf of the four men. The Pirate Bay's lawyers called for a retrial on the basis that one of the judges in the case belonged to several copyright protection groups. The Swedish court said the judge's affiliations did not bias the case.
The ruling stated that the Judge, Tomas Norstrom, should have declared that he was a member of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Swedish Copyright Association before the case went to trial.
However it stated that "The fact that he failed to shed light on this does not however mean that there was any wrongdoing during the proceedings that would require a retrial, this was not a case of bias"
No appeal is allowed against this judgement