MPAA Decides Not Enough People Know About Isohunt
from the free-advertising dept
It appears the MPAA really has no clue how to look beyond a single step out from any of their actions. A week ago, they were crowing about how shutting down Pirate Bay was such a huge victory for the entertainment industry. Instead, the site was back up two days later, and only suffered additional outages because so many more people started using the site, thanks to the MPAA’s inadvertent advertising for the site that, previously, was only known in select circles. Yesterday, we noted the entertainment industry was poised to do the same thing for AllofMP3.com, putting out official warnings telling people that it was illegal (something AllofMP3 denies), that effectively alerted an awful lot of people where they could get cheap, DRM-free music. Today comes the news that they’re now going after yet another torrent tracker site to help it jump ranks from “known in certain circles” to “widely known.” Step on up to the bigtime, Isohunt, the MPAA is coming after you. Once again, Isohunt has a reasonable defense in that they are simply a search engine, and host no infringing content. However, it’s simply stunning that the industry continues to help promote these sites one after the other.