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Popular BitTorrent site isoHunt.com shut down without warning

Yesterday afternoon, popular BitTorrent search site isoHunt.com 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 isoHunt.com, with information on how to download the latest movies. European-based PirateBay.org has also come under fire from authorities, but so far has managed to stay afloat. In an effort to escape legal waters, PirateBay.org is currently investigating the possibility of purchasing Sealand, a man-made island. isoHunt.com, 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.”

isoHunt.com 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 jmunjr on 1/18/2007 1:16:55 AM , Rating: -1
Ok so you think it is ok to steal stuff if it costs too much? I guess you drive a stolen Ferrari, wear a stolen Rolex, and skip the check at fancy restaurants?

Netflix actually has a legitimate business from which the copyright holders earn money. Few if any bittorrent sites facilitate business transactions. Maybe that is the solution. The bit torrent sites should make a business out of it and give the copyright holders their due royalties. If the mpaa and riaa don't want to deal, then the bit torrent sites can't sell and their customers can't buy(steal).

It is the lamest argument in the book when people complain about price. Lower the price and we won't steal. First, that is wrong. It has been proven people will steal anyway regardless of the price. Second, movies and music are not a critical component of our lives. We can live without them. There are also plenty of free alternatives. Free music and other entertainment. As dirty as the mpaa and riaa may be it still doesn't justify theft.


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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