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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 nrapopor on 1/18/2007 1:43:30 AM , Rating: 5
I wish these luddites at [RIAA, MPAA] would remember their own history a little. When radio first started spinning records on the air, lawsuits abounded. You see they were scared that no one would buy the record if they could hear it on the radio for free... Pretty soon though they were paying "payola" bribes to DJs just so that their record would be played.

Instead of fighting the new technology the recording industry should look for ways to make money off of it. They are only alienating potential customers. But all they want to do is to go back to "the way things used to be" and that never works.

Just my $.02


By xsilver on 1/18/2007 5:08:14 AM , Rating: 2
and that's exactly whats wrong with mainstream radio these days -- the only songs you hear are the ones that the record companies pay bribes for and want you to buy.

hearing a song 8 times a day is fun YEAH

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