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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  1. identicon
    Gary Storm, 28 Mar 2008 @ 1:06am

    Re: Oh PLEASE....

    Oh, and if you want to download the free mp3's, you can get to them via the link above. If you like them, listen to the rest and if you like her work enough, buy the whole mp3 album for $3.50 (drm-free), or the cd for $10 or something like that.

    My main point is that if people like us weren't downloading the movie's and music, the MPAA wouldn't be doing the illegal tactics of hacking etc. But can you really blame them? I don't like it, but it's probably what I`d do if I knew thousands of people were sticking their hands into my pockets while I wasn't looking.

    Maybe there should be special versions of product for people to try (like game demo's). It would be hard though to justify, as music and movies want to be at a decent quality to shine... so doing a low-bitrate version wouldn't work (like screeners are crap most of the time). Maybe a small size of the movie, smaller than 320x240 for preview purposes on p2p.

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