Flattry will get you nowhere

Posted by Dave CollinsGeneral

Remember Pirate Bay?

Peter Sunde was one of the ‘innovators’ behind Pirate Bay – a venture that resulted in his one year prison sentence and a fine of over three million US dollars.

Mr. Sunde and his other pirate friends are requesting a retrial, and it appears that his sentence may be affecting his outlook of the world.

Flattr is Sunde’s latest venture:

We aim to revolutionize how people pay and get paid for content on the internet. Come, join and show the world that good content is worth some coins out of your pocket.

To go from assisting theft to assisting revenue is an interesting U-turn, to put it mildly.

But will it work? The system will involve users setting up an account, entering credit card details and deciding an amount to be paid each month. When they don’t have to.

At risk of sounding cynical, it doesn’t have a hope of success.

I’m all for helping content providers make money, but I don’t think this will be the answer. And coming from an individual charged with assisting copyright infringement, the irony is bewildering.

What’s next – identity thieves pushing online security? Mercenaries for peace?