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The traditional way for private BitTorrent trackers to keep their operations going is to accept donations from site users. Many sites, probably many hundreds, use PayPal to process these donations since it’s the most convenient option for site members. However, these days PayPal isn’t keen on doing business with file-sharing sites and is getting very demanding. Those demands now include receiving private tracker invitations so they can personally snoop behind the scenes......But PayPal isn’t stopping there. According to several admins who spoke with TorrentFreak on condition of anonymity, PayPal has been freezing the accounts of private BitTorrent trackers too – and then demanding access to the sites so they can see what goes on there......One admin told us that he has plans to shift away from the donation model completely and towards selling products and services to his userbase. At an inflated price (a mug for $25 or VPN for $20 per month etc) he hopes that he can generate enough profit to keep his ship afloat.Another source told us he may well run two sites. One will operate as a fully legitimate concern within PayPal’s guidelines and be set up to accept the donations. These funds will then be funneled to the second site to keep it going.There is another way of keeping PayPal sweet too, but the method is apparently so secretive that our source refused to reveal many details. “Let’s just say if you do let the monkeys at PayPal into your site, passing doesn’t have to be hard if you do the prep work,” we were told.But despite the creativity, others appear to be destined for no-man’s land. During the past few days TorrentBytes, one of Internet’s oldest private trackers, has announced that due to being unable to process payments it may well close down before the end of the month.