Pirate Pay

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Pirate Pay
Industry P2P blocking
Products Pirate Pay, Zilion Data
Website http://piratepay.net

Pirate Pay[1] is a toolset used in the copy protection and content management of torrents, for media content authors and publishers. Pirate Pay was founded in Russia in 2011. Currently, Pirate Pay operates in Japanese, Russian and Indian markets. Eighty-five percent of Pirate Pay clients come from outside Russia. Today Pirate Pay technology blocks almost 5 million illegal downloads per month, processing about 1500 torrent-seeds. According to Dasreda, this saves more than $8 million to right-holders. Many people use Pirate Pay around the world.[2]


The first product, Pirate Pay, was presented at the second start-up point in Perm in April of 2010-2011 and both brothers, Andrei and Alexei Klimenko along with their friend Dmitry Shuvaev, established the Limited Liability Company Internet Content. The initial investment of $34,000 was furnished by the brothers themselves who continue to retain ownership of the firm.

Participated in three competitions:[3]

  • BIT 2010 - Finalist;
  • Competition for technology start-ups fund CRDF. "Best Business Model." Grant for project evaluation in Silicon Valley;
  • Competition at the "Higher School of Economics" - grant.


  • In March 2011, the company won the first competition for IT projects organized by Microsoft and received seed funding from the Foundation, a grant of $100,000.[4]
  • In April 2011, the company’s application passed through the competitive selection process for the S.T.A.R.T. program. In May the company signed a government contract with the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and technology (Bortnik Fund). The size of the grant from the fund was $34,000.[5]
  • On 25 May 2011, The Pirate Pay became finalists of Red Herring Top 100 Europe. This group of 100 companies is a group of the most innovative companies from a pool of hundreds of peers from across Europe. The Top 100 are evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as: financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their respective industries.[6]
  • In December 2011,the first experiment with an "alpha" version of the service including the film released by Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR): "Vysotsky. Thanks to God, I’m Alive".[7]


  • The company has received the status of a resident of the Skolkovo and has become a grant recipient of the fund worth $1.2 million dollars.[8]
  • Pirate Pay established a partnership with the Japanese company Unidam.[9]


  • In the spring of 2013, Pirate Pay received $68,000 from the program “START-2”.[10]

Technical details[edit]

Pirate Pay works with info-hashes of content in worldwide Peer-to-peer network. It does not remove links and deals without interaction with torrents sites, links aggregators and search engines. Protection of any content from illegal distribution can be started with only the title name. Thousands of code strings operate without human intervention to detect the required title name in the filesharing swarms. Directly placed on protection and executed all necessary automated actions to prevent content downloading by leachers and uploading by seeders. Pirate Pay also operates with the technology of first uploader search in swarm, finding the first infringer person for further offline legal activities.[11]

Other products[edit]

  • Zilion Data
  • Fair Play


  1. ^ "Jilani Graphics". jilanigraphicsgrw.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Targeted Domain: journal.dasreda.ru" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Skolkovo". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Russia Beyond The Headlines". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Russian whizz-kids and Microsoft join forces against piracy". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  6. ^ "2011 RED HERRING TOP 100 EUROPE". Red Herring. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  7. ^ "Microsoft Funds a Russian BitTorrent Killer". 
  8. ^ "Entrepreneur Advances Technology Company through Training". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  9. ^ "Targeted Domain: journal.dasreda.ru" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  10. ^ "Targeted Domain: journal.dasreda.ru" (in Russian). Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  11. ^ "Pirate Pay". 

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