Wayne Rosso, formerly CEO of Grokster, founder of Maxxbox, and outspoken critic of the Recording Industry Association of America, recently joined Global Gaming Factory, the soon-to-be owner of file-sharing legend The Pirate Bay.
In an interview with CNET's Digital Media blog, Rosso outlined what turns out to be an extremely innovative cloud-computing business model.
The only question is, will it work?
In the interview, Rosso outlines a plan in which The Pirate Bay customers could pay a monthly fee for music service, but could reduce that cost by contributing storage capacity to a commercially available Storage-as-a-Service offering:
For example, a person may dedicate a gig of (storage) space to the network and the fee may go from $9 to $5. (Rosso declined to discuss pricing yet so the numbers are made up just for the example).
"The more of your computer resources you contribute to the network, the less you pay down to zero," Rosso said. "The user is in control."
In other words, The Pirate Bay aims to be the first commercial peer-to-peer storage cloud that separates how capacity is acquired from how it is sold. This is extremely interesting, because it means it can sell one service to a consumer audience (music and video), and another entirely different service to business (storage services).… Read more