Wel illegaal downloaden, maar geen cent doneren

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Slecht negen dollar per dag krijgt The Pirate Bay aan donaties. Over inkomsten heeft de site trouwens niet te klagen, advertenties brengen miljoenen in het laatje.

The Pirate Bay is only collecting around $9 (£6.14) a day from its call for donations, Torrent Freak reports.

The popular torrent site includes a Bitcoin address on its homepage and users of the site are encouraged to donate bitcoin if they appreciate the files hosted there.

But Torrent Freak reports that The Pirate Bay is hardly sitting on a goldmine of cryptocurrency donated by file-sharers. Instead, it’s only making a tiny amount.

Torrent Freak found that The Pirate Bay received 376 donations in the past year, a total of 8.21 bitcoin. Convert that to to dollars and break it down to an average daily donation and you get just $9.34 (£6.37.)

The Pirate Bay does make money in other ways, though. It also hosts ads on the site, and in 2008 it was reported that the ads generated $3 million (£2 million) in revenue.