'Pirates of the Amazon' Firefox extension will worry online retailers

Intellectual Property, Software

pirates-of-the-amazon.jpgAn enterprising group of young coders have developed a Firefox add-on which does something rather worrying – adds ‘Download 4 Free’ buttons to Amazon pages. When you click the button, it’ll work out what product you’re looking for, and take you to a page on the Pirate Bay that’ll let you download it for free.

It works for CDs, DVDs, games, books and any other product that can be converted to a digital format. The team behind it claim they want the extension to “be a counterpart to the current models of media distribution”, and to “redistribute the wealth”. I’m not sure that’ll wash before a judge, to be honest.

The site’s offline currently (probably under the weight of traffic, rather than anything more malicious) but when it goes back up, you can find it here. In the meantime, P2P news blog Torrentfreak is hosting the extension. Similar extensions are available for IMDB, Last.fm, and Rotten Tomatoes.

Pirates of the Amazon (via Torrentfreak)

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Duncan Geere
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