The parent company of popular adblocker Adblock Plus has bought Flattr, the payment company built by The Pirate Bay cofounder Peter Sunde.
Eyeo, which owns Adblock Plus, has not disclosed the amount.
Flattr was already working with Adblock Plus on a service called Flattr Plus, a browser extension that let users pay online creators for access to content.
Sunde said the two companies had already become “one team with a join vision”, and the acquisition just made it “official.”
He said: “We share almost identical values of making the internet safe and fair for everyone. We’re excited to continue our work on the Flattr project to give back control to the users of the internet.
“They should decide how they want to use the internet and how they want to support the content they enjoy. The internet is a decentralised network with unlimited sources of creativity. This free and open internet needs a payment option that reflects these core values.”
Sunde will continue as an advisor, while Eyeo will retain the core Flattr staff in Sweden. Cofounder Linus Olsson will continue to lead operations.
The Flattr Plus extension hasn’t actually launched yet, despite being announced last May. Its website still asks users to sign up for early access.
Flattr hasn’t disclosed user numbers since 2011, when it said it had 100,000 users. According to today’s statement, the company has paid more than 30,000 creators.
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