p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:- A lot’s already been said about The Pirate Bay deal under which Global Gaming Factory (GGF), “the Swedish internet cafe giant,” is attempting to buy The Pirate Bay. And there’s a lot more to come.
The deal has been fraught with problems with P2P pioneer Wayne Rosso walking almost on day one, and other top level figures such as Johan Sellstrom — described by The Local as a “Swedish IT pioneer and former board member of GGF” — making not waves, but tsunamis which threaten to swamp the acquisition plans, and GGF CEO Hans Pandeya (right).
Now, says Britain’s V3.co.uk, Pandeya claims he’s the, “subject of a smear campaign” orchestrated chiefly by Sellstrom, who’s quoted by business news website DI.se as saysing he’s owed more than six million kronor ($840,000).
When GGF first announced its Buy The Pirate Bay plan, board members were Pandeya, Sellstrom and GGF chairman Marcus Bergam, says the story.
Today, Pandeya is the only one left, it observes.
In a Q&A with V3.co.uk, Pandeya says the experience today has been “bizarre” with a, “group of people, including our former board member Johan Sellstrom,” wanting to, “take over the site”.
Sellstrom is, “being so active [because he wants to buy The Pirate Bay himself] and we have already filed a police complaint against him,” the story has Pandeya stating, continuing »»»
When Sellstrom’s claims that GGF owes him a lot of money are put to law enforcement agencies, it looks like the company is in a lot of debt and casts doubt on our ability to acquire. We will be taking this to court but we will be waiting until after our Thursday shareholder meeting before we take a thorough look at this. We know that it is Sellstrom and his gang that are creating these reports, although it took a while to identify him. Sellstrom’s claims led to the most extraordinary headlines on Saturday that the Swedish crime agency has launched an investigation into my company, but it is really a PR company that is behind all of this.
On reports that the Swedish stock exchange had, “halted trading on suspicion that GGF did not have enough money to close The Pirate Bay deal”, according to Pandeya, there’s no shortage of potential investors.
“We will disclose the investors after our shareholder meeting on Thursday,” he says in the V3.co.uk Q&A, which adds »»»
Another report has it that GGF had not begun preparing the technology needed to launch the new Pirate Bay site and had no plans a week before the buy. Is this accurate?
We have mapped out the plans for the technology but we will not tell anyone what we are doing or where it is. We first will take over the site and then we will switch on the system. There are two teams we do have in place, one that will manage the site and another that will scan the content [for illegal material]. These are two teams in two separate countries.
Meanwhile, with the departure of , the creation of a new GGF board is in the offing, says Pandeya in the story.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
fraught with problems – Global Gaming debts threaten Pirate Bay deal, August 22, 2009
The Local – Debt collector hunts Pirate Bay buyer, August 21, 2009
V3.co.uk – Pirate Bay buyer complains of smear campaign, August 25, 2009
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