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Censorship Scores New Victory: TorrentSpy (2006-2008 RIP)

19-Apr-08 12:01 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Closure message from TorrentSpy.com, posted March 28, 2008. Click the image to enlarge.

Admittedly, it’s happening more frequently these days it seems.  I’m almost getting used to it, in fact.  But, sadly, another great .torrent file site has disappeared.  And with it, we’re all a little less free.  Again.

This isn’t just vitriolic hyperbole from an embittered geek who’s overly-worried about yet another arcane legal issue that affects 0.1% of the total population.  This really is about the future and, mark my words, there will be fallout from the continuing saga of .torrent sites – which are really only brokering indexes of files from other people’s computers, in the end – being shut down because of the secondary use of that technology: pirating copyrighted material.  But the functionality of a .torrent file is pretty innocuous and if they can ban .torrent files, or the sites that distribute them, believe me when I say to you other types of content are really not that far off.

Sadly, here we are in the year 2008 and the producers of entertainment and video content are still dragging their heels, laboriously along at a snail’s pace; complaining about how much money they’re losing.  And all because they alone refuse to adapt, to use the technology that has changed their world.  I’ve written all about this extensively before, but for some reason I can’t seem to stop writing about it in the vain hope that somehow my saying it again and again will cause the truth to finally sink in.

But it won’t.  And so, another site goes down – but how long will it be before another adventurous group replaces it?  It’s the Internet after all, so someone out there’s bound to try.  And if those bozos from isoHunt.com can pull it off, God knows anyone can.

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