This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!

Message on the home page of BTJunkie, one of the Internet’s largest BitTorrent indices, indicating that they are voluntarily shutting down.

As TorrentFreak notes:

The site was never involved in any legal action, and to keep it this way the site’s operators decided to shut the site down for good today…

…Talking to TorrentFreak, BTjunkie’s founder said that the legal actions against other file-sharing sites such as MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay played an important role in making the difficult decision. Witnessing all the trouble colleagues got into was cause for a lot of worry and stress, and those will now belong to the past.

TechSpot adds that other popular file sharing sites have also shut down and/or blocked US traffic to their servers in the wake of January’s MegaUpload raid.

Speaking of MegaUpload, TorrentFreak reports that New Zealand’s counter-terrorism police were used to ambush the company founder’s mansion. 

Read more simply: counter-terrorism police were used to enforce a copyright case.

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