Kanye West Is Reportedly Threatening A Lawsuit Against The Pirate Bay Over 'The Life Of Pablo'


Kanye West is apparently considering a lawsuit against elusive torrent giant The Pirate Bay after The Life of Pablo leaks appeared on the download site.

West released the album exclusively for streaming on Tidal, yet the album quickly appeared on The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites, resulting in hundreds of thousands of downloads. According to Torrent Freak, West is mad at the potential loss in millions of dollars due to these downloads. He’s reportedly meeting with his legal team to discuss the possibility of legal action against The Pirate Bay.

Pirate Bay officials are not afraid of West. Staff member Spud17 said as much to Torrent Freak:

“Kanye West is a blithering twat who has an incredible sense of self-importance…as for Mr. West suing TPB, good luck Kanye!”

Even Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde threw shade at Tidal:

“The album was only released on Tidal, so I’m impressed it got leaked anyhow since fewer people pass by there than at Fort Knox. He should be happy someone cares enough to listen to it, so that they signed up for an account to stream the low quality music you get at Tidal.”

Newsy also points out how difficult it is to shut down sites like The Pirate Bay. Since the website can easily switch addresses and torrenting is so decentralized in the first place, it’s hard to shut them down at the source. Kanye West is hardly the first, after tons of legal action against Pirate Bay officials over the years.

So good luck to Kanye on this one. Even if he doesn’t succeed, the battle is sure to be entertaining in the public sphere.

(Via Torrent Freak and Newsy)

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