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Isohunt Ordered to Take Down Illegal Torrents

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April 2, 2010 12:51:32 AM

Ohw how i wish this was an April fools-day joke ...
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April 2, 2010 12:59:01 AM

you guys are going to tell us this is an April fools joke right? .. right? :*(
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April 2, 2010 1:05:54 AM

i hope all torrent sites die
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April 2, 2010 1:06:49 AM

A similar site will rise again... and again... and again.
And I have yet to see a judge do the right thing in cases like these. They're given too much money to resist.
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April 2, 2010 1:15:22 AM

If there is no police, then the theif will steal. Internet has no police. Someone, somewhere will do piracy just so others can enjoy the product as a demo, then purchase it. Isohunt my go down, but there are going to be other alternatives.
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April 2, 2010 1:34:27 AM

Isohunt; Isohunt...wherefore will Isohunt go?

The government misses the mark tremendously in regards to these matters...

Hope I don't become too sad about this...
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April 2, 2010 1:49:15 AM

Well... there's always Demonoid.

Sad news nevertheless. isohunt has always been a more professionally-run torrent site than many others out there.
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April 2, 2010 1:55:52 AM

Torrents suck anyhow, there are much better faster securer ways to pirate things one might want.

Lets see em shut down newsgroups, good luck.
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April 2, 2010 2:00:59 AM

btjunkie anyone??

or maybe hexagon now?
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Anonymous
April 2, 2010 2:34:46 AM

i haven't been on isohunt for a while now. it's been bombarded by legal issues for some time now... poor website.
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April 2, 2010 2:55:26 AM

One step closer to the global censorship of the internet.
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April 2, 2010 2:57:01 AM

sounds like that judge does not even understand the implications of his own wording.
Can not apply keyword filtering, would be similar to filtering the whole internet.
He's probably reading from a script.
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April 2, 2010 3:01:23 AM

Some people just don't get it!
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April 2, 2010 3:48:29 AM

Damn these people are pissing me off so bad. Isohunt is among my favorite torrent sites too.
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April 2, 2010 4:05:31 AM

I hope isohunt doesn't go down. It's one of the better sites.
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April 2, 2010 5:00:25 AM

daship 04/02/2010 3:55 AM

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Torrents suck anyhow, there are much better faster securer ways to pirate things one might want.

Lets see em shut down newsgroups, good luck.


Andrew Cuomo (NYAG) shut down 80 newsgroups his office identified as current posting places of sexual abuse images.

They can do it. The public backed this move. It will just take a little longer for the entertainment industry to grease enough wheels and mount a massive ad campaign. Then we will be reading how some AG somewhere has forced such and such to shut down newsgroups hosting copyrighted material.

There are only two places in the world that can host torrent/newsgroups and not have to worry about prosecution, China and N Korea.

All pirate sites are on borrowed time.
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April 2, 2010 6:12:46 AM

the guy acts like he's doing a service by having isohunt. "i hope the judge will do the right thing" ... god people are so cheap they pirate everything
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April 2, 2010 7:08:22 AM

stephen0983the guy acts like he's doing a service by having isohunt. "i hope the judge will do the right thing" ... god people are so cheap they pirate everything

Torrents are insanelyt useful.
I torrent 50GB a month, but I also send $1000+ a year to software developers.
If not for file sharing, do you think sites such as Newgrounds would have ever gotten anywhere? If anything, Newgrounds is probably responsible for a million in cash in Adobes pocket.
Also, not everyone is interested in newsgroups.

I don't care what this U.S. judge says, I'd flip him two fingers. Just ban all American IP addresses, so that the American side of the law can be ignored (and file sharing is legal in Canada), and redirect all American traffic to a free VPN service. VPN's are legal, good luck closing those.
And the options given are essentially: Censor or remove the site. Last I checked, Western culture disliked censorship, but I may be wrong.

Why is it that it's almost always Hollywood you see targeting these sites?
Last I check software was a hell of a lot more valuable than a movie. As in, thousands of dollars for 3D software, productivity software, even Adobe Flash is insanely expensive.
Win7 alpha and beta were pirated to absolute hell and back, but did you hear Microsoft complaining about loss of sales? Microsoft and Hollywood both make billions, both are pirated to hell and back, only Hollywood complains. People love M$, hate Hollywood. Anyone wonder why?

lljonesdaship 04/02/2010 3:55 AM Andrew Cuomo (NYAG) shut down 80 newsgroups his office identified as current posting places of sexual abuse images.They can do it. The public backed this move. It will just take a little longer for the entertainment industry to grease enough wheels and mount a massive ad campaign. Then we will be reading how some AG somewhere has forced such and such to shut down newsgroups hosting copyrighted material. There are only two places in the world that can host torrent/newsgroups and not have to worry about prosecution, China and N Korea. All pirate sites are on borrowed time.

WHhen this Nigerian prince gives me the $250,000,000 he's promised as soon as I send all my banking credentials, I'll be able to buy a really really small island, claim it as 'The Republic of Awesome', get a hook in some global communication lines and declare file sharing legal, if not mandatory!
Or someone just buyout Sealand already (or convince Bates to let them on, since in 2000, someone else tried making Sealand a government untouchable data source).
Or like 20 people claim independence on some really small part of any country that a international communication cable resides in. (Why don't we just let the Amish and the such have their own small country already? They certainly don't care about our politics or laws)
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April 2, 2010 7:13:58 AM

Oh no! Where am i gonna live? I eat, breathe and sh*t isohunt...
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April 2, 2010 7:42:06 AM

lljonesdaship 04/02/2010 3:55 AM Andrew Cuomo (NYAG) shut down 80 newsgroups his office identified as current posting places of sexual abuse images.They can do it. The public backed this move. It will just take a little longer for the entertainment industry to grease enough wheels and mount a massive ad campaign. Then we will be reading how some AG somewhere has forced such and such to shut down newsgroups hosting copyrighted material. There are only two places in the world that can host torrent/newsgroups and not have to worry about prosecution, China and N Korea. All pirate sites are on borrowed time.


Apparently not even China is excluded from the list. If anyone has been following China's internet neutralization last yr, there's a clear up of the internet by the China authorities named as 和谐neutralized and a lot of content were removed/neutralized.

End of 2009 there's another clear up of bittorrent websites such as bt.icefish.org(all bt content gone) and btchina.net(managed to produce another bt site for overseas ppl but not accessible by those in China).

In China nothing is untouchable as long as there is interest conflict. Piracy survives only because its not top of its agenda.
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April 2, 2010 7:53:10 AM

mininova. now isohunt. what's next? btjunkie?

how about rapidshare and megaupload?

i think they should prioritize on closing down porn sites.
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April 2, 2010 9:20:39 AM

Illegal torrents is at least better than overpriced in some cases.
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April 2, 2010 9:42:56 AM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
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April 2, 2010 11:08:54 AM

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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April 2, 2010 11:49:01 AM

HAHAHAHA.........Good!
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April 2, 2010 1:05:35 PM

I just typed in the names of five (X-men origins, the aviator, law abiding citizen..)movies into google, four of them had torrent in the suggested search. They all lead to TPB or isohunt anyway, there's always going to be a way.
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April 2, 2010 1:07:08 PM

Before you start complaining about what the government/hollywood is doing, think about this.

There are two reasons why the majority of people do not pirate software.
1) It is illegal, and they are unaware that it is almost impossible to get prosecuted if all you do is download.
2) They are not tech savvy enough to do it.

If the government made piracy legal, or completely ignored it, then those people who are afraid of the law would do it. Then, the non tech-savvy people would learn quickly through word of mouth and the incentive to save hundreds of dollars. Then, the software companies would no longer make games or programs because almost no one actually buys them. Thus, we would effectively have nothing to pirate, since no software is being made.

However, with the government going after sites like IsoHunt, the general public thinks that the government will arrest/fine/prosecute them for piracy, and will refrain from doing it. Thus, they support the software developers, and they keep making software.

So the end result is that we get to pirate software, software keeps getting made, and the government never prosecutes us, since there are so many pirates, and it is difficult to get a conviction. So, you see, it makes no sense to complain that the government is going after relatively minor torrent sites, since by doing this, the government is effectively perpetuating piracy.
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April 2, 2010 1:17:50 PM

They are going after every site associated with piracy.. Has anyone here been to nfohump lately?
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April 2, 2010 3:40:24 PM

if the court orders shut down is the shut down of the site implies to only us or world wide shutdown?
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April 2, 2010 4:40:59 PM

I thought everyone stopped downloading copyrighted materials when Napster went legit. What is a torrent anyway?
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April 2, 2010 6:59:06 PM

This actually makes me really, really sad. Isohunt IS my torrent site, the only one I use. I occasionally use TPB, but Isohunt is really clean and extremely organized and well-run, not to mention great speeds.
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Anonymous
April 3, 2010 5:17:03 PM

isoHunt.com I should clarify with misleading reporting out there that there's no order, only a PROPOSED order. @Mashable sums up the problematic issues we are debating nicely: "It’s understandable that the entertainment industry is going after large torrent sites, as they point to thousands of links to copyright-infringing content...
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April 3, 2010 7:11:34 PM

Yeah, I mentioned the "proposed" part in a comment I made. (Which was subsequently removed cause it pushed the boundaries of Tom's ToS in accordance with "illegal" activities.) Sorry Tom's! Naughty Raz... Naughty naughty! :) 

Anyways... The proposed word filter portion of the injunction is truly flawed if you read about how it's to be implemented. Not all torrent-related material is in fact illegal, but filtering the words contained within Columbia Pictures' (with pressure from the MPAA behind them) film titles would also prevent isoHunt from providing unrelated legal torrents that share those same key words. For an indexing and spidering based search engine like isoHunt (Google and Yahoo alike), this would be a tremendous blow to their ability to even operate at all.

More info about that particular aspect can be found on pages 10-13 of Fung's legal argument:
http://isohunt.com/img/legal/Fung%20Inj%20Opp&Dec-FINAL...
It's a very interesting read...
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April 5, 2010 5:13:26 AM

who really cares? how about stopping supporting all garbage from the movie makers? I have maybe only gone to see 2-3 movies that were worth while in the last year, and those were the already known to be big hit movies, I dont even bother wasting time with movies or TV anymore, I mean the internet eats up way too much time now... it has replaced movies and TV... and im not even touching video games... which i bought 99.9% of because of the ability to play online :p 

quite honestly im tired of all this 'piratcy' as the escape goat, I would like to see a lot of the pirating to stop/minimized, and then i want to see what the companies will find to blame next!! oh i want to see what they will try to come up with... esp when most of the people will find out how much they are full of it... and how there products are nothing but garbage to start with...
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Anonymous
April 6, 2010 5:24:05 AM

I remember when it wasn't ISOHUNT that everyone flocked to, it was supernova, it like killing the ants you see without getting the nest or the source of their food. All that will happen is that all the "ants" will find "food" they will just find it elsewhere, and a new site will become the "go to" site, and after a while they will get shutdown, and after that happens a few times, the technology will emerge changing just enough that the law will have to be changed and the circle will continue.
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