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
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Mar 2008 @ 1:20pm

    Seriously....

    a) How much of this side of the argument will see the light of day in regular media.
    b) How many people who read this site on a regular basis don't already know this side of the argument.
    c) Does the MPAA give a damn. (the answer is no).

    I'm not trying to criticise the article here, but every piece of news I see that delivers the anti-RIAA/MPAA side of the story is always on websites that cater to geeks (no offence) and the like, and we're all fully aware of it. We're also relatively small in number.
    The regular people out there, the ones who need to be educated on all sides of the argument, and the ones who need to be fully educated on both sides of the argument, are the ones who will never read this. Which needs to change, rather quick by the looks of it.

    I'm sorry this comment seems to take a negative tone, I am glad that there are places that cater to the anti-MPAA/RIAA side of the argument, (relatively) few though they be. I guess I've just started to see it as a load of people all fuming between themselves and ultimately fairly powerless to do anything about it.

    tl;dr
    Everyone who reads this already knows it (in spirit).
    The people who don't read it are the ones who NEED to know it. And they don't.
    This needs to change.


    Peace out.

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