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Torrentspy.com R.I.P March 24th 2006
As my fears suggested in my previous post torrentspy.com is now permanently shutdown. I guess the US government and MPAA scare tactics and demands to invade the personal privacy of its citizens came to a screeching halt when torrenspy.com owners refused to relinquish information protected by their privacy act. The owners of torrentspy.com made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the rights of everyone that has ever used the site and for that sacrifice on behalf on site owners across the globe I thank you and bow to your values. The injustice you have suffered will not be forgotten, the battles you fought and the rights that you stood up for will forever be remembered.
The following is posted in the torrentspy.com site:
Friends of TorrentSpy,
We have decided on our own, not due to any court order or agreement, to bring the Torrentspy.com search engine to an end and thus we permanently closed down worldwide on March 24, 2008.
The legal climate in the USA for copyright, privacy of search requests, and links to torrent files in search results is simply too hostile. We spent the last two years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, defending the rights of our users and ourselves.
It was a wild ride,
The TorrentSpy Team
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order [...] and the like.” – Justice William O. Douglas
I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, keep up the good fight!
Well I just checked torrent spy to look something up and its GONE! Looks like the MPAA has taken another blow against distribution of music, software and movies over the internet.
The site just displays “Service Unavailable”. I am no condoning the distribution of pirated content but really folks the guys at torrentspy just provided a portal with links to files that where hosted at other servers managed by other people. The problem does not start and end with TorrentSpy it starts with the fact that people have realized that using the internet they can freely share information and materials.
Piracy has always been around, remember recording VHS movies for your friends on your second VCR. What about making mixed tapes for your love interest. That also could be considered “PIRACY” could it not? This is a war that is never going to end. A truce is best and some compromise on both sides and the world will be a better place.
Common does the MPAA feel good about themselves now that they people of torrent spy no longer have an income. The ads they displayed paid them for the service they provided to MILLIONS OF PEOPLE that wanted the service. So really is torrentspy the problem or the demands of the general population that want this distribution.
Thats all I have to say on that!
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