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Thu 18 Jan 2007 04:00 AM

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IsoHunt.com shut down

Popular BitTorrent search site IsoHunt.com has been shut down by its US ISP due to an on-going lawsuit filed against the site by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Popular BitTorrent search site IsoHunt.com has been shut down by its US ISP due to an on-going lawsuit filed against the site by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

The site was closed last Tuesday and at the time of the writing the site was still unavailable.

In a January 16 posting on the site, a representative for IsoHunt stated, “Lawyers 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.”

The lawsuit referred to by the team is the February 23 2006 case filed against IsoHunt and six other file sharing service providers by MPAA for allegedly enabling users to easily find and download illegal content.

However, all is not lost for the tracking site, which is now setting-up shop in Canada. The firm has already acquired an ISP there, and planning to restore its services either there or at its old location once the lawsuit is done.

In an update posted on the site yesterday, IsoHunt denied current online rumours that the site was in the process of moving its servers from the US to Sweden to avoid the suit. “We have no intention of hiding our servers. BitTorrent was created for distribution of any large media file, and we stand by that ideal as a search engine and aggregator,” stated a representative. “Depending on whether we get our servers back in the US, we will be back in full operation sooner or later.”

The site is currently seeking donations via PayPal, however it stresses that the donations will be used for the operational costs of its servers and development of its websites, and not towards it legal defense.

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