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
    Paul, 28 Mar 2008 @ 3:17am

    Re: Oh PLEASE....

    I agree with you. I download a lot of stuff and if it's good I'll buy it. I will admit though that the stuff put out really isn't worth the purchase price (especially music CD's). I did notice however back a little after Napster was shut down that the industry did start offering more the purchase of the CD's (bonus DVD's, tickets, and other stuff as well). I've purchased a few mp3's from Amazon, but after a HDD failure pretty much like throwing money out the window...my fault since I didn't back them up, but I went out and illegally redownloaded them since I had already paid for them in the first place and Amazon wasn't about to let me go and grab them again for free. I didn't see an option when I went to see if they had an order history tied to my account so I could get them again. If there is then let me know :) I've even downloaded a few movies that I own, but like to keep them on my drive for easy access and don't want to rip and encode them myself. Also, my library of "pirated" stuff is small since I don't like having a lot of useless stuff on my PC...one reason I use Linux (sorry...couldn't help myself)...lol.

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