TorrentSpy Cuts Off US Users, Rather Than Tracking Them

from the and-the-music-played-on dept

BitTorrent search engine TorrentSpy has been involved in a legal battle with the MPAA for some time now. The lawsuit took a slightly bizarre twist a few months back when a judge demanded that TorrentSpy start logging details about its users -- something the company had never done and had no plans to do. TorrentSpy claims that doing so will violate its users privacy and violate its own terms of service. Apparently, however, that hasn't convinced the judge to change the ruling -- meaning that TorrentSpy has now cut off access to visitors coming from the US as a way of protecting their privacy. Of course, it'll probably take all of about 10 minutes for most people to figure out other ways to get to TorrentSpy (or they'll just move on to another BitTorrent search engine). Congratulations to the MPAA for driving a bunch of movie fans further underground...
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Filed Under: bittorrent, ip addresses, privacy
Companies: mpaa, torrentspy

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    matt (profile), 27 Aug 2007 @ 2:04pm

    for the geniuses out there

    beyond this doing absolutely nothing, what it basically represents is indirectly torrentspy saying "use a proxy". Obviously they ar enot recursing who accesses through an anonymous proxy or tor, which is about a 5 minute set up.

    I feel sorry for torrentspy for losing some of their webtraffic due to overzealous mpaa/riaa.

    So yes, a LOT of people know about proxies, and merely mentioning them in an article like this educates even more individuals on how to get around being tracked.

    Given that tracker websites are very low demand (read: mostly text/dialup is almost fast enuff), a proxy would be a non issue most likely.

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