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Popular BitTorrent site shut down without warning

Yesterday afternoon, popular BitTorrent search site went offline without any advanced notice. The site was unreachable for hours until its site staff posted an explanation for the downtime.

“Lawyers from our primary ISP decided to pull our plug without any advance notice, as of 14:45 PST. No doubt related to our lawsuit brought by the MPAA, but we don't have more information at this time until people responsible come to work tomorrow,” the site notice read. “We will be back in operation once we sort out this mess with our current ISP, or we get new hardware ready at our new ISP.”

The entertainment industry has long targeted file sharing sites but with limited success. The Motion Picture Association of America last year filed lawsuits against a number of BitTorrent sites, among them, with information on how to download the latest movies. European-based has also come under fire from authorities, but so far has managed to stay afloat. In an effort to escape legal waters, is currently investigating the possibility of purchasing Sealand, a man-made island., however, is making it clear that it believes its operation is legal and has no intention of avoiding the authorities.

An update posted today on isoHunt reads: “FYI, since this is a common topic, no, moving servers to Sweden or Sealand isn't going to help. I have no intention of hiding our servers. BitTorrent was created for legitimate distribution of large media files, and we stand by that philosophy as a search engine and aggregator.” is now hosting its temporary page from Canada, and it is unclear when or if the site will resume operations from the U.S.

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RE: Facilitating a crime is a crime also
By NaughtyGeek on 1/17/2007 5:03:30 PM , Rating: 5
You work for the MPAA or the RIAA dude? As was stated above, Google can get you the same information but the MPAA and RIAA have no intentions of pursuing that avenue because they know Google actually has the funds needed to defend themselves properly.

By jmunjr on 1/17/2007 6:35:06 PM , Rating: 1
Google rarely if ever links directly to a copyrighted file for an extended period, while the torrents HOST the torrent files which download the copyrighted files. How close does a site have to get to be doing something illegal? How far away from a file to not? If site A links to site B which links to site C etc all the way to Z who hosts a torrent for a bootleg, which sites are ok and which are bad? You can't get much closer than hosting a bittorrent file(other than hosting the bootleg). It is blatantly obvious most of these torrent sites host torrents of bootleg stuff, yet they do NOTHING to prevent it.

I don't want to see them disappear but I am not going to cry foul if they do. The stance that the MPAA or RIAA hasn't accommodated or done the right things for their customer therefore we can pirate stuff is just plain stupid. Everyone knows these sites are used for piracy, we all use them for piracy, yet we get mad when they get taken down. The fact that they are used for legitimate purposes is irrelevant, since clearly that is a very small % of the total usage. Just look at the top torrents or latest torrents on any of these site. All copyrighted stuff. So quit your whining.

By Daijobu on 1/18/2007 2:15:14 AM , Rating: 1
Agreed!!! We should put all gun retailers in jail for all those gun related murders!!! In fact we should also ban carbon since it is the base of all life, and we humans steal stuff.....

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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