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The Internet

Submission + - TorrentSpy Shuts Down

brunascle writes: After prolonged legal battles, the popular BitTorrent search engine TorrentSpy has shut down. The notice on their home page explains, "The legal climate in the USA for copyright, privacy of search requests, and links to torrent files in search results is simply too hostile... Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore, we now feel compelled to provide the ultimate method of privacy protection for our users — permanent shutdown."
The Courts

Submission + - TorrentSpy shuts down (thestandard.com)

Ian Lamont writes: "Legal costs have apparently prompted TorrentSpy's operators to shut it down. The BitTorrent search engine has been fighting the entertainment industry in court for years, and in December lost a copyright infringement case with the MPAA. A note on the TorrentSpy home page said it is shutting down "not due to any court order or agreement," but because of a team decision:

Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore, we now feel compelled to provide the ultimate method of privacy protection for our users — permanent shutdown.

It was a wild ride,

The TorrentSpy Team
"

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