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TorrentSpy shuts down, blames MPAA

TorrentSpy, a bittorent search engine, has shut down after a court ruled in December in favor to the Motion Pictures Association of America, claiming that a fair trail couldn’t be reached after TorrentSpy destoryed the server logs to protect user’s privacy.

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