Torrent Spy Eulogy
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!