ISOHunt, the site I referred to in an earlier post as being the best place to search for Torrents, has been summarily executed by its ISP yesterday.
This was easy for me to notice because my aforementioned article was on their home page. I received about 500 hits a day from it and suddenly ... nothing!
Here is their full announcement:
Update, Jan. 16, 2007Lawyers from our primary ISP decided to pull our plug without any advance notice, as of 14:45 PST. No doubt related to our lawsuit brought by the MPAA, but we don't have more information at this time until people responsible comes to work tomorrow. We will be back in operation once we sort out this mess with our current ISP, or we get new hardware ready at our new ISP.
Sit back and enjoy the rest of the internet in the mean time, while it last. For your torrent searching needs, try Google for now by searching for "SEARCH TERMS ext:torrent".
You can also come hang around our IRC channel (SSL on port +7000). We'll update on this page and on IRC when we have more information.
If you wish to help us out financially, you can donate via Paypal from the button below. Due to prior dis-taste from certain individuals misusing legal funds for their own purposes however, this is not a legal defense fund. Your donations will be used for the operational costs of our servers and development of our websites. You have our sincere thanks.
- The isoHunt crew
Update, Jan. 17FYI, since this is a common topic, no, moving servers to Sweden or Sealand isn't going to help. I have no intention of hiding our servers. BitTorrent was created for legitimate distribution of large media files, and we stand by that philosophy as a search engine and aggregator. Our current ISP is in the US. Our new ISP is in Canada, where this temporary page is being served. Depending on whether we get our servers back in the US, we will be back in full operation sooner or later.
Update, Jan. 17, 2007 15:40 GMT - SecretSquirrelSo after screwing around with our gigabit switch for a few hours, I've given up on one particular task and I'm moving on, hopefully we'll have our data back today, because if we do, we should be at least halfway back up by friday. If we don't get our data back from our previous provider, it may take a little longer to come back live again, but we are working on it, so be patient. :-)
The background here is the MPAA was pestering ISOHunt for being a search engine with the argument that they were aiding and abetting IP theft. All ISOHunt does is help people find Torrents.
With so many visitors, and a quick view of their most popular, it is likely that many people do go to ISOHunt to find illegal copies of such things. The main question is ... is Google likewise responsible - if their mission is to show all things on the web - if people use Google to find illegal things?
And is the movie industry illegal if they show us people doing things (and thus teach us how to do things) that are illegal?
So, much like cases involving the Scientologists, even though the case may be spurious, the ISP has pulled the plug themselves to avoid legal action. Even if the legal action is unjust. It's a nuisance lawsuit.
I have no doubt that the hosts of ISOHunt will get the site back up.
I'll post updates and links to other discussion soon.
UPDATE: After a quick chat with the ISOHunt people, it seems they'll be back up in about a 24 hours. They have new servers and are manically working to set them up. I also plan to have a post-traumatic-stress-interview with them.
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