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.
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.
Re-blogging or “curating” originally reported news articles in full, anywhere, everywhere, remains an un-fineable offense. But promoting some tunes among a highly desirable consumer group—college kids— that’s illegal, and worth somethin’ like a couple few grand per track. Music doesn’t grow on trees! (But then again neither does good, investigative reporting, does it?)
FROM WIRED’S David Kravets @dmkravets:
"A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a whopping $675,000 file sharing verdict that a jury levied against a Boston college student for making 30 tracks of music available.
The decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a federal judge who slashed the award as “unconstitutionally excessive.” U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston reduced the verdict to $67,500, or $2,250 for each of the 30 tracks defendant Joel Tenenbaum unlawfully downloaded and shared on Kazaa. The Recording Industry Association of America and Tenenbaum appealed in what has been the nation’s second RIAA file sharing case to ever reach a jury.
The Obama administration argued in support of the original award, and said the judge went too far when addressing the constitutionality of the Copyright Act’s damages provisions. The act allows damages of up to $150,000 a track.”