Court Tells TorrentSpy It Needs To Spy On Users

from the but-why? dept

Popular BitTorrent search engine TorrentSpy was told by a federal judge on May 29th that it needed to keep log files of user activity on its site, even if there was no business reason for it. TorrentSpy is nothing more than a specialized search engine, but the entertainment industry wants to paint it as something worse. This latest ruling comes out of a lawsuit between TorrentSpy and the MPAA over the legality of TorrentSpy's search engine. However, the ruling really is extraordinary in many ways. Rather than asking a company to hand over previous records, the court is actually asking TorrentSpy to purposely create new records that it has no need for and hand them over to a private party (the MPAA). What's worse is that this directly contradicts TorrentSpy's own privacy policy -- so obeying the court order would open them up additional legal trouble. TorrentSpy hasn't started spying on users and is appealing the ruling instead (and its lawyer suggests the site would sooner shut down than follow the court order). Hopefully, the appeals court will recognize that requiring a site to specifically create new records (in violation of its own policies) and then handing them over to another entity in an ongoing trial is not a good idea.

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  1. identicon
    Larry Cuttill, 11 Jun 2007 @ 9:21am

    Stop buying movies and cd's

    Americans don't ban together and boycott so until we
    do can't complain. I will NOT buy any movie or music cd
    Both industries knew about the technology upcomming
    neither did anything to protect their interests. They just
    holler for new laws and lawsuits. They need to spend their money finding ways to protect their interests be responsible
    to their clients. Stop making new laws and stop run around suing kids.
    This is not the same America I grew up in
    Its been bought and paid for by all these large fucking corporations and war mungers.

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