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The future of online payments is coming, apparently. And it’s called Flattr.
One of the men behind content-sharing website and entertainment industry bugbear The Pirate Bay has been hard at work on his new project, designed to bring financial reward to those who share content online for free. After a month of silence, Peter Sunde, aka brokep – last heard twittering from the courtroom of The Pirate Bay trial – announced this morning that he’d been hard at work on Flattr.com, which is due for launch this Friday, 10 April.
Flattr, Sunde told his fellow Twitterers, is “a new idea on how to help get people money for sharing content for free.” It has nothing to do with piracy though, he claims, or at least nothing to do with torrents – the filesharing format on which The Pirate Bay is based. Instead of pirated movies and music, he says, Flattr will be a micro-payment system “to give money to bloggers, photographers, etc”.
I’m already assured by one of the Indy’s in-house
geeks online experts that Flattr is bound to be an Epic Fail, because it’s impossible to do, otherwise everyone would be doing it already. I guess we’ll see.
And here's a clip about the making of the ad, by the agency Wieden + Kennedy.