Pirate Bay's Censor-Free YouTube Sails into Beta Extreme

Well, this should make the Pirate Bay's court appeal interesting. For the last couple of years, the guys have been working on an anything-goes, censor-free haven for online video sharing called VideoBay, and it's now gone into "Beta Extreme."

"This will be an experimental playground and as such, subjected to both live and drunk (en)coding, so please don't bug us too much if the site ain't working properly," the site's front page currently warns.

But before you head over looking for an all you can eat smorgasbord of porn, know that you're currently limited to viewing the ogg/theora video and audio tag demos linked to from the main page.

TorrentFreak notes that users were initially able to browse through the videos, but that's been disabled now. "What is left is an announcement that the site will be launched somewhere in the future."

Beyond the piracy angle, what's interesting is this could be one of the first major deployments of HTML5, the next major revision of HTML that some believe could replace the need for plug-ins like Adobe Flash. For that reason, you'll need to use a browser that can handle HTML5's video and audio tags, such as: Firefox 3.5 beta 4, Opera 9.52 preview, Google Chrome 3, Safari 3.4/Safari 4. [The Video Bay]