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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The end of TorrentSpy.com

The most popular American torrent site TorrentSpy.com was closed on March 24, 2008 because of a verdict. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) sued TorrentSpy along with a number of other torrent sites as a direct consequence of the organization's anti filesharing campaign. The court didn't make any decision concerning the real case, but ruled in favor of MPAA anyway because of TorrentSpy's disinclination to hand over the file sharers' IP addresses to MPAA. The court asserted that the site owners of TorrentSpy deliberately destroyed evidences by erasing or changing forum posts which contained links to copyright protected files. Moreover TorrentSpy lied about log files containing IP addresses. TorrentSpy asserted that they didn't register their members' complete IP addresses, information that appeared to be a lie. TorrentSpy made the decision to close the entire site since they could no longer guarantee the file sharers privacy. TorrentSpy first tried to avoid the shutdown of the site by blocking US citizens from connecting to it. This method was unsuccessful and the situation became unsustainable, which caused the final shutdown.

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