Torrentspy is gooooone!

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Well most internet users have probably heard of It was a very large p2p (peer to peer) torrent site that allowed sharing of all types of material including copyrighted files. It appears the site has now been shut down to legal reasons. Torrentspy will join Demonoid on the list of sites that have been shut down to pressure by anti p2p organizations like the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America.)

Here is the message displayed on their site:

Friends of TorrentSpy,

We have decided on our own, not due to any court order or agreement, to bring the 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.

Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore, we now feel compelled to provide the ultimate method of privacy protection for our users – permanent shutdown.

It was a wild ride,

The TorrentSpy Team

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