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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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