TorrentSpy closes after $110 Million fine

Popular sharing site TorrentSpy closes down after a judgment was handed down in Los Angeles. The site was found guilty of copyright infringement.

The site now host a single page with this open letter to its members:

Friends of TorrentSpy,

We have decided on our own, not due to any court order or agreement, to bring the search engine to an end and thus we permanently closed down worldwide on March 24, 2008.

The legal climate in the USA for copyright, privacy of search requests, and links to torrent files in search results is simply too hostile. We spent the last two years, and hundreds of thousands of dollars, defending the rights of our users and ourselves.

Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore, we now feel compelled to provide the ultimate method of privacy protection for our users – permanent shutdown.

It was a wild ride,
The TorrentSpy Team

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  • This is amazing. It took them that long to find these guys! TorrentSpy was a huge site at one time too. This makes me wonder, with the size of the website and the traffic they were getting – did 110Mill really hurt them?

  • ohwww.. such a big amount of money…

  • what a lot of money… they should donate the money to the philippines…