TorrentSpy Gives Up; Shuts Down

from the there-goes-another-one dept

The saga between TorrentSpy and MPAA will certainly be declared a "win" (if not a "significant blow") by the MPAA, but it's really more of a sad statement on the way the entertainment industry goes about its business. TorrentSpy announced earlier this week that it was shutting down and giving up, not due to any court order, but mainly because it was sick of the whole process and it didn't seem likely that the judge was going to see its side of the story. If you recall, TorrentSpy lost its case, but not on the copyright claim. Instead it was based on TorrentSpy potentially having destroyed some important evidence. It does look like the company (stupidly) did destroy some evidence, though some of the "destroyed evidence" was TorrentSpy's refusal to keep log files on its users, something it felt would be a violation of its own privacy policy. Based on the destruction of evidence problem, it's not too surprising that the company shut down -- but there really was no ruling at all on the more important question of whether or not simply operating a search engine counts as "inducement." This case also highlighted some of the MPAA's more unethical moves, including having someone hack into TorrentSpy's email servers and forward internal emails to the MPAA. So, while the MPAA will surely declare victory, all the case actually showed was (a) how unethical the MPAA can be (b) that it was able to shut down a site with owners who stupidly destroyed evidence and (c) that no ruling was made on the actual claims concerning copyright.

Filed Under: copyright, evidence, mpaa, torrentspy
Companies: mpaa, torrentspy


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    Gary Storm, 28 Mar 2008 @ 12:59am

    Oh PLEASE....

    I'm sorry T-Spy was shut down too (but not as sorry as I am over Demonoid), BUT....

    please don't give me all that crap about movies being shit and the MPAA being evil criminal bastards. Every time we download a movie (or mp3 or game or whatever), WE are the evil criminal bastards.... and you know it.

    In the eyes of the law we are breaking the law. I broke the law when I downloaded I AM LEGEND. I couldn't get to a cinema to see it, but after seeing it (and I knew nothing about it) I am going to buy yhe dvd. It's worth it. It's worth actually saying to the thousands of guys who made the movie and distributed it and advertised it that, you know what, you made a movie worth buying, so here's my $30 to go towards your hard work... it's appreciated. I personally don't think p2p is all that bad as long as people buy what they really like. If you don't like what you downloaded then you wouldn't have bought it anyway. But fair is fair.... buy it if you like it.

    My wife is a musician, and yeah she has some free tracks for download, but we aren't going to be able to buy food or pay our mortgage each month or fix the car without people actually buying the mp3's or cd if they like it. We have 2 (nearly 3) kids to support too. Remember that if you download the whole album whenever someone puts it up as a torrent. Fair enough if you want to screw the fat-cats who can afford it, but don't forget the little people.

    I know I'll get flamed for this, but I`m sick of people saying the RIAA and MPAA are arseholes (and they can be, don't get me wrong) in one breath when they are being aresholes themselves by stealing (not buying what you really like) on the other hand.

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