BTjunkie, the torrent website has obviously been shaken up by the FBI takedown of Megavideo and Megaupload. The owners have decided to shutdown the website to avoid getting caught in the same way.
After the high profile SOPA and PIPA acts were shelved, it seems that their legacy is that pirate and torrent sites are firmly in the authorities firing line. It also seems like other BitTorrent website owners might be considering following BTjunkie’s lead because it looks like America has more than enough power to arrest anyone, anywhere. Even though there are more bittorrent website owners who are not even entertaining such an idea.
It was about 10 years ago when bittorrent website owners seemed to be unstoppable, but The Pirate Bay owners were caught. And after years of court hearings, it was decided that The Pirate Bay owners will remain in prison. As a result, The Pirate Bay moved its domain to .se in order to avoid being shut down by the United States authorities.
Despite that some bittorrent website owners are quick to respond to DMCA complaints and in a positive manner, they should not consider these actions as keeping them safe because the powers that be in the US seem to be on a crusade, and are still able to arrest and put a file suit against possible pirate perpetrators.
Not all website owners are doing the same including Gary Fung, IsoHunt’s owner, who said that “such things aren’t new to him.” said that “IsoHunt has been in lawsuits for about 6 years with both the CRIA and the MPAA.” Mr. Fung said that IsoHunt will continue to exist, and that the authorities cannot put the torrent website under criminal investigation because it’s already involved in two civil lawsuits.”
Bittorrent index websites “come and go,” said Fung, who said that “the entertainment industry should start embracing new technology rather than fighting against it” because it could make more money this way.
Another admin who is looking to keep his website running is Sam. After BTjunkie closed down its services, Extratorrent has become the fifth largest website of its kind. Sam believes that “it’s impossible to stop the unstoppable,” and now that Megaupload and BTjunkie are gone, “100 new websites will open,” while Extratorrent will remain online.
Like we said, The Pirate Bay will also continue to do business in Sweden using a Swedish domain, and it’s going to replace its torrent links with magnet links. So the jury seems to be out about the question, “is piracy stoppable or unstoppable?”