What.CD Hurt By Dwindling Donations

As we’ve mentioned in a previous article, cutting the funding of torrent sites is one of the strategies that will be used this year to put pressure on torrent sites. As it now turns out the popular private tracker What.CD has been hit hard by the anti-piracy outfit IFPI.

What.CD is now hoping to get back on track by using Flattr, the micropayment site that Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde started.

Below’s a part of the announcement that was posted on the tracker today.

“Being a private torrent site, we don’t technically do anything illegal. However, not everyone agrees with this sentiment – especially, for some reason, payment transaction sites when the IFPI gets involved.

Since August, our donations have been down for much longer than they’ve been up, due mainly to payment providers caving to the demands of the IFPI. As you might imagine, it’s been a nervewracking time for us, and we’ve only been surviving by delving deeper and deeper into our savings.

However, those savings have effectively dried up. Expecting this, we launched a new, solid payment processing system recently – flattr. Unfortunately, flattr is an unfamiliar system to most users, and it can be a bit confusing. As a result, we were not able to make our monthly donation goal in the month that we had flattr running. Thus, we have detailed how to donate via flattr in the following wiki article: How to donate via Flattr”


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