The End of Torrentspy and ISOhunt?

Discussion in 'Science, Technology & Car Chat' started by Knoctur_nal, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Knoctur_nal

    Knoctur_nal |Force 10 from Navarone|

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    TorrentSpy decides to not block US visitors and chooses to filter pirated content from its search results instead, something which ISOHunt plans to do as well.

    It's a sad day for those in the US who use TorrentSpy or ISOHunt, two of the world's largest public trackers sites, to find movies, music, and more to download for it seems the party's nearing an end.

    It's being reported today that TorrentSpy and ISOHunt plans to use a hash-based system called FileRights to automatically filter BitTorrent trackers that link to pirated content from its search results to help satisfy a suit brought against them by the MPAA for the illegal facilitation of copyrighted material.

    FileRights will use file hashes provided by individual copyright owners of their content that will detect and remove any torrent trackers that link to unauthorized copies. Copyright owners sign up for an account with the system and then enter the hash values of their content into the system database. FileRights will then automatically remove any links to this content.

    The site says it works as follows:

    FileRights.com maintains a large database of copyrighted works managed by the content holders themselves. This database forms a master list of copyrighted materials that should be removed from BitTorrent sites. When a content holder uploads information about the works they have found on a bittorrent site FileRights then distributes this information to our website subscribers so that work can be removed (filtered) from their search results. The entire process is automated to minimize the effort required by both the content holder and website operator.


    "With FileRights we used the community networking power of the Web to automate and aggregate the entire copyright filtration process," said Justin Bunnel, one of TorrentSpy's founders and CEO of FileRights. "Torrentspy now uses the FileRights cooperative filtering process to filter search results on its popular search engine."

    "No longer will site by site DMCA affidavits be required for copyright owners to remove links to allegedly infringing files. With FileRights we used the community networking power of the web to automate and aggregate the entire copyright filtration process," he continued.

    Ira Rothkin, TorrentSpy's attorney, also notes that ISOHunt, the subject of an MPAA lawsuit as well, will so too be using FileRights to filter copyrighted material from its search results.

    Jacqueline Chooljian, a federal judge for the Central District of California in Los Angeles ruled on May 29th that TorrentSpy must begin tracking users' activity on the site, a ruling which TorrentSpy is still appealing but, which will most likely stand due to the fact that the US Govt has gone to great lengths to ensure copyright protection despite the costs to the privacy of consumers and to the neutrality of the internet as a whole.

    If TorrentSpy and ISOHunt do start filtering pirated content as stated, it will most likely simply mean more traffic for those file-sharing Swedes at The Pirate Bay and to increased usage of Newsgroups and private BitTorrent tracker sites instead. As is always the case with a crackdown on a specific file-sharing program or site, it merely means that users turn to alternative sites and programs but, never do they usually throw in the towel and go legit.

    So far I haven't notice any filtering of either site's search results but, it's hard to believe they would do this instead of merely blocking access to US visitors and stand up for the principles of user privacy and net neutrality. By eliminating copyrighted video content as requested by the MPAA they will only lose traffic to competing sites like the Pirate Bay and others and merely be reduced to glorified porn and PC game hubs.

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  2. dim8sum

    dim8sum ♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪....

    balls, torrentspy had started removing illegal content ages ago, which i then turned to isohunt to get, now thats going...

    piratebay FTW!
     
  3. Knoctur_nal

    Knoctur_nal |Force 10 from Navarone|

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    private sites be the way of the west now...never really a fan of torrentspy....isohunt mainly...now to mininova and piratebay...
     
  4. 小小

    小小 (゚ー゚)(。_。)(゚ー゚)(。_。) afk

    ^ im a demonoid person mainly, i sometimes use torrentz (links to many BT sites, better indepth search) :p

    if anime mainly animesuki
     
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  5. dr0wningp0oL

    dr0wningp0oL Well-Known Member

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    I dont mind losing torrentspy since their search engine never really produced good results in torrents unlike isohunt and torrentz. I guess its gonna be back to mininova for me, when it comes to American Movies but like DragonLoaded, I mainly use Demonoid especially for my asian horror movies heh
     
  6. Knoctur_nal

    Knoctur_nal |Force 10 from Navarone|

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    ya gota hold that demonoid account close these day...hahah
     
  7. s003l33

    s003l33 Member

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    Aww this is sad.... i love sorta using Torrentspy..... now i have to look for something else....
     
  8. fearless_fx

    fearless_fx Eugooglizer

    lol iv never got around to getting a demonoid account, u need an invite dont u?
     
  9. 小小

    小小 (゚ー゚)(。_。)(゚ー゚)(。_。) afk

    ^ its reg is open at a certain time every week, but i can't remember when but i think its on a friday :p

    so you don't need invites
     
  10. Knoctur_nal

    Knoctur_nal |Force 10 from Navarone|

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    .or like once a month at a random time...hahah..dude..its ridiculous the amount of spam messages on forums for ppl looking for invites...
     
  11. dr0wningp0oL

    dr0wningp0oL Well-Known Member

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    They (Demonoid) usually have register openings on the 1st friday of every month
     
    #11 dr0wningp0oL, Jun 26, 2007
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  12. The_Jelly

    The_Jelly NSFW? :P

    Providing that you have a decent connection, theres no point getting a demonoid account. You need to maintain a certain share/upload ratio. And Demonoids torrents usually get leaked. But I'm gonna miss ISOhunt.
     
  13. dim8sum

    dim8sum ♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪....

    demonoid sucks for one reason, they dont have a system where if you download something and there arent enough leechers (something i never thought id say), youll never upload what you downloaded....

    on my demonoid account my ratio sucks at 0.45 because everything i download, theres not enough people to upload back to... they should do a seed point system like blackcats

    they open reg once a month, randomly (usually) for a day
     
  14. lawltank

    lawltank Well-Known Member

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    Pretty gay..I use torrentspy AND ISOhunt (well probably not anymore). torrentz is ok, might use that from now on...or mininova..
     
  15. nebil17

    nebil17 Member

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    Damn...it looks like i'll jsut being using mininova from now on...
     
  16. WinterSky

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    never really used either (piratebay/demonoid kinda guy), but a reason why they didn't block US traffic because i guess some traffic is better than no traffic? lol... maybe a fairly good amount of material comes from the US?
     
  17. robsh

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    i used to be on isohunt quite a while
    then to mininova and now on torrentz
    so far the best one i find is torrentz it got all the links u need for the torrent

    for anime i recommend animeyume.org.... very good
     
  18. unixos

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    it gonna suck...
     
  19. Knoctur_nal

    Knoctur_nal |Force 10 from Navarone|

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    other will take their place..
     
  20. Maverick

    Maverick Lord Vader

    Bad news, Demonoid is taken offline. Due to legal actions by Dutch Copyright Organization.