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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 codeThug on 1/18/2007 12:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
So why isn't NetFlix shutdown? If I can't find the torrent I just fire up Netflix, have it delivered, and then rip it. Netflix is an accessory in this case. Netflix knows this stuff is going on all the time.

The solution to this mess is simple marketing practice. Drop the f*cking price down to 5 bux, and I'll buy the f*cking movie at the checkout line. In fact I'll buy a lot more movies. The more the MPAA morons tighten their supposed grip, the more people will say "screw you".

So yeah, let's make some room for these "felony" bit torrent people in our already overcrowded jails by releasing even more rapists, and child abusers.

RE: Facilitating a crime is a crime also
By jmunjr on 1/18/07, Rating: -1
RE: Facilitating a crime is a crime also
By Xavian on 1/18/2007 1:28:18 AM , Rating: 2
Copyright Infringement is not Theft.

Copyright Infringement is not Piracy unless the copied-article in question is sold illegitimately to other people.

You are copying the article, not taking the article from a store without paying, there's a large difference between copyright infringement and Theft.

RE: Facilitating a crime is a crime also
By jmunjr on 1/18/2007 2:29:43 PM , Rating: 2
I see, so if you download a song or movie without paying for it, it isn't theft? That's a new one. "I'm sorry officer, I was just test driving that Ferrari I took from the owner."

By mindless1 on 1/19/2007 5:55:49 AM , Rating: 2
No, it's not a "new one", obviously you have no grasp of this topic at all.

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