BTJunkie torrent file site shuts down after seven years

Yet another file sharing web site has shut down, but this time the operators of the site are the ones who have made the decision to pull the plug. The BTJunkie.org site closed its operations a few hours ago, with the message above this post now displayed on the site's front page.

In a chat with TorrentFreak, one of the unnamed founders of the site said that the decision was made to close operations after the recent legal actions against file sharing sites such as The Pirate Bay and Megaupload. However the site's owner said that he hopes other such web sites will stay in operation, saying, "I really do hope so, the war is far from over for sure."

Founded in June 2005, BTJunkie.org was one of the top five most popular BitTorrent-based file sharing web sites. It had an Alexa.com rating of 389 and claimed to have tens of millions of users.

With the US government closing down Megaupload in January and the more recent court decision that will send The Pirate Bay's founders to jail, it seems like there is a greater push to make life very hard for other file sharing web sites that might have copyright material stored on their servers.

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What we need is in investigation into this issue. Did this site close itself down in reaction to ACTA?

What about all the anti-ACTA protests in Europe and America?

They had a good run, more than a lot of other sites did. There are plenty of other ways to get your goods though.

WinA said,
Cowards!

Another way to look at it is that they're taking some big risks for quite small rewards. And the more rewarding it is economically speaking, the greater will the penalty be if they're caught. I'm not sure it's worth it.

Yes, it could be seen as cowardly, but then again, we're sitting here, not running any big torrent search engines...

Flae_qui said,
magnet links look like the next thing to look for

Agreed. That is what I use exclusively now. But usenet is good too.

Flae_qui said,
magnet links look like the next thing to look for

I used to be anti magnet, didn't trust them at all...
Nowadays I usually grab a couple of the torrent files I can find and a few magnet links...
Turn out I quite often catch one or two more trackers along that way!

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

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Reading that again, I just have to rephrase it:

I used to be anti magnet, but then BTJunkie took an arrow to the knee.

I know... not funny, had to post it either way!

GS:mac

This is sad my friends.
This remind me of Kazaa, winMX, Napster.
Same thins will happen to torrents and we will see a new way to download stuff.
Praise the Lord, Giants do not deserve the cup.
Just Sayin'

boumboqc said,
This is sad my friends.
This remind me of Kazaa, winMX, Napster.
Same thins will happen to torrents and we will see a new way to download stuff.
Praise the Lord, Giants do not deserve the cup.
Just Sayin'

Giants do not deserve the cup? huh? what cup?

Torrents aren't going to go away - they're the method, not a business in itself.

Glassed Silver said,
Grab a coffee and come back!
And become American?

The sites would be better served if they made an active push to minimize piracy on their services, but they know that the majority of their traffic is derived from it so they fight to protect it. There is legal benefits to BitTorrent and other protocols, but there is little benefit to these types of sites other than mostly being piracy search engines.

I highly doubt anyone goes to these sites to search for Ubuntu releases when they host the torrent files on ubuntu.com, for instance...

Smart move by the owners it seems.