Thursday, January 18, 2007

WalMart and Pirate Bay

Oh dear, something of a boo boo here. WalMart ads are turning up on hte world's largest illegal download site:


Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is unintentionally funding the world's largest illegal file-sharing network, Sweden-based Pirate Bay.

According to Variety magazine, several Wal-Mart banners have appeared on the site, including an ad for the eighth season of The Simpsons on DVD, The Sopranos, Smallville, Desperate Housewives and the movie Office Space during the crucial Christmas selling season in November and December. Many of these titles are also available illegally as bit torrents.

It's not just the illegality: I'm sure that the boys from Bentonville won't be happy at wasting their advertising dollars on a site where people can get the things for free.