Isohunt gets a permanent injunction; may have to close down

newteevee.com reports that Isohunt, a popular torrent site, was issued a permanent injunction by US Judge Stephen Wilson of the District Court of California, Southern District. The injunction forces owner Garry Fung to immediately block access to most copyrighted content. Judge Wilson is the same Judge that ruled in favor of studios in a 2006 lawsuit against Isohunt that forced Fung to build 'Isohunt lite", a smaller, less robust version of the site that US users were redirected to. Wilson's response to the 'lite' version was easy to predict: "Defendants’ proposed ‘primal’ or ‘lite’ website contains all of the same indexing and searching functions as the original websites, only with a different interface for the users to operate.” 

The injunction compels Fung to not only take down whatever infringing material he's currently hosting, but to also actively filter out content and discourage illegal distribution in the future, be it in the form of manually taking down questionable content or by setting up very strict filters to make sure nothing illegal is uploaded.

While a solution that satisfies all the conditions of the the injunction is theoretically doable, it's highly unlikely that Fung will go through with such an active and restrictive filtering and moderation system without simply abandoning the site altogether. Fung has not yet released a statement regarding his intentions; the text of the injunction can be found here.

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warwagon said,

In my opinion the fact that everyone needs to share is the worst part about bittorent because...

A) After you download something you have to sit there and reshare it. **** that.
B) It's usually how the MPAA and RIAA and others nail your ass. Once you download the file and then turn around and seed (distribute it) they have you dead to rights.

A). No you do not HAVE to (unless it's a private tracker and even then you could just hit and run and get banned after a few gigs)

B) You will undoubtedly be seeding while downloading.

DarkNovaGamer said,

RapidiShare happens to be the worst service I have EVER used. Even MegaUpload is better in my opinion.

At least with P2P sharing, everyone needs to share. With file hosting sites they control it, if their servers have problems we have problems. Rapidshare have server issues almost everytime I use them.

Like I said, torrents sometimes (most of the time) work better.


your a moron...free verions rapidshare I can dl at 800kb/s and megaupload is only 80-100kb/s AND megaupload downloads USUALLY dc at 50-70% for me(Tested on IE8, firefox, google chrome, and apple safari) and on all browsers megaupload fail...and as it is U R ****IGN CHEAP AS HELL if u use the free....as for paying....RAPIDSHARE is 5mb/s for me where as paids megaupload BARELY hits 1mb/s........SO TELL ME HOW MEGAUPLOAD IS BETTER? also u say rapidshare is down alot? Im downloading the max per day for rapidshare everyday....and MAYBE ONCE a day one of the downloads d/c...but o/c its rresumable so WHO CARES if u have to hit resume ONCE a day? also yah....THE ONLY torrents your ganna find that can do 5mb/s r private torrents OR for example...the ubuntu linux torrents from ubuntu itself

DarkNovaGamer said,

At least with P2P sharing, everyone needs to share. With file hosting sites they control it, if their servers have problems we have problems. Rapidshare have server issues almost everytime I use them.

As for this...WOW ur dumb...turn ur upload speed to 0kb/s and BAM...ur not sharing anymore...P2P DOES NOT FORCE U TO SHARE....why do u think sites came up with upload/download rations?

killerbng said,

As for this...WOW ur dumb...turn ur upload speed to 0kb/s and BAM...ur not sharing anymore...P2P DOES NOT FORCE U TO SHARE....why do u think sites came up with upload/download rations?

Turn your uploads to 0 and your download rates will reflect that as being non existent.

killerbng said,


your a moron...free verions rapidshare I can dl at 800kb/s and megaupload is only 80-100kb/s AND megaupload downloads USUALLY dc at 50-70% for me(Tested on IE8, firefox, google chrome, and apple safari) and on all browsers megaupload fail...and as it is U R ****IGN CHEAP AS HELL if u use the free....as for paying....RAPIDSHARE is 5mb/s for me where as paids megaupload BARELY hits 1mb/s........SO TELL ME HOW MEGAUPLOAD IS BETTER? also u say rapidshare is down alot? Im downloading the max per day for rapidshare everyday....and MAYBE ONCE a day one of the downloads d/c...but o/c its rresumable so WHO CARES if u have to hit resume ONCE a day? also yah....THE ONLY torrents your ganna find that can do 5mb/s r private torrents OR for example...the ubuntu linux torrents from ubuntu itself

i had RS Premium, at the time it cost me something like $15 for a month's subscription

yea, i could max out my connection, 1.1 megabytes per second. well actually, thats only if i were downloading three different things (or three parts of a split archive). a single file got me maybe 500 kilobytes per second by itself. for something 10 gigs in size this took an eternety. can't just leave it on overnight, cuz ya gotta feed it links every 20 minutes. right. then theres the part where you get to Google around for RS links of what you want. yea right. i got what i was looking for and didn't bother to renew the following month.

BitTorrent... well on a decent torrent i can pull my full 1.1 megabytes per second, with my upload throttled at 20-30 kilobytes per second (my connection max is roughly 40). for a 10 gig torrent it might take two days to download. then i'd let it alone for a week or two seeding. a good pirate always gives back!

so what is it. find a good torrent and let it alone, perhaps right before sleep time and when you wake up its done? or find a collection of RS links and waste a few hours feeding your web browser the links 3 at a time?

darn and the USA just started using anonymouse to bypass lite
please dont let the best torrent site die i dunno where else id get my fix from

God I like reading all this stuff. . .sorry had to get up off the floor; was laughing so hard I fell out of my chair. . .now where did I put that box of Kleenex.

Pam14160 said,
God I like reading all this stuff. . .sorry had to get up off the floor; was laughing so hard I fell out of my chair. . .now where did I put that box of Kleenex.

100% Still laughing...
It's fascinating how everyone moans if the pirate sights get nailed but at the same time they're all complaining about the companies trying to stop piracy coz they're losing millions...

Re@p3r said,

100% Still laughing...
It's fascinating how everyone moans if the pirate sights get nailed but at the same time they're all complaining about the companies trying to stop piracy coz they're losing millions...

If all these companies weren't so greedy and had much better prices, then piracy wouldn't be that much of a problem!
I wish there was a service available here where I can download HD Films to watch them (legally). Of course movie studios do not want that because of their greed...

And yet all of the studios reported record profits this year...as they did the year before, and the year before that. It's just about greed, folks.

excalpius said,
And yet all of the studios reported record profits this year...as they did the year before, and the year before that. It's just about greed, folks.

Agreed.

They're really complaining that they didn't make as much money as they wanted.

As far as the MPAA goes, perhaps you should tell the studios to stop remaking old movies (which didn't need remaking) and focus on original ideas.

Christ, they even remade Final Destination and that was released in 99/00?

Please explain what you are talking about, it sounds more like BS then anything intelligent.

I find your lack of knowledge of Greek mythology and Star Wars disturbing...

"The injunction compels Fung to not only take down whatever infringing material he's currently hosting"

Well, thats easy... He isnt hosting any infringing material. Case closed.

It is sad to see, that people with no understanding of the concepts at hand, get to rule about the internet.

gunny2k6 said,
What is the issue is not the soding sites and us its the copyright owners "money grabbing f***s " for starters EA games now say its second hand games market that kills them more then piracy ok so now they added to all new EA sports games that u require an account with a key to allow online and if you buy the game seond hand OH you need to pay £10 to EA for a new key as it got used by the person who got it at retail ......... MONEY GRABBING !!!! ........here in the UK movie Avatar hit shops as a DVD for like £10 but then they did a BLuray DVD combo pay buy the Bluray for £12 get the DVD free .... OMG so how much did the dvd actualy cost them to make in the first SODDING place probly like £1 so OMG!!!!!!! how much market up on rthe dvd only copy ...... then you got the problem as well is eg COD4 at launch asking up to £60 or so just for a game using a heavily modded QUAKE 3 ENGINGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To address you first point, I agree that it's money grabbing.

However you do fail on the second point, you're not paying much for the physical media, it's for the content. As such a £2 extra charge for Blu-Ray and a DVD seems reasonable.

gunny2k6 said,
UK Digital Economy bill got Passed and purely states P2P what they want to stop so that would enclude Blizzards WOW patch/installer and other games like Guild Wars that uses P2P and this is all thanxs to the Music and Movie industries ......

i do believe any such law refers to ILLEGAL P2P, not all. Blizzard's distribution of WoW patches to paying subscribers via BitTorrent is perfectly legal and no anti-pirate law can change that.

I would crap myself laughing if a torrent site named Skynet took off and became the largest and most reliable site ever.

I prefer usenet, yes it costs but its much much faster, but of course like everyone.. I'm just downloading linux distros and h movie trailers...... o.0

LUK4 said,
Torrents are horrible.
In my opinion it is worth it to me to pay for sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, Hotfile and other file hosters.

You get way better speeds at any time since the files are hosted onto their server (which most of them are not even in the US. )

It's funny because with ISOhunt or any other torrent site the files aren't actually hosted on the servers, it comes from other users (p2p)
So why isn't Google getting shutdown ? You get all the "Illegal" content you want as long as you know how to search.. If you can search then you can automatically get your hands on stuff..

This country is ****ed up.


Torrents are not horrible, and with good torrents the speed is equal to that of Rapidshare etc.

I wonder why Rapidshare is even allowed to continue, their servers contain so much illegal content.

And taking on Google is too hard, it's way easier to take down Rapidshare than censoring Google in any way, I believe.

Everyone move to Wuala! http://www.wuala.com/ . You can search all public files and it doesn't seem like anyone patrols for illegal content. Free unlimited bandwidth, and you can get almost unlimited space by "trading" your hard drive space for online space (and they use that space like a P2P program, to save their own bandwidth). All in all, it is very cool.

It takes about 1-3 years of legal battles to bring a torrent website down, in the mean time 10 others pop up and become just as popular and then again it takes 1-3 years to shut them down and so forth.

Hardly use Torrent sites anymore. 6GBP per month for a RS account is well worth it. That coupled with a particular RS searchengine, and RS Download manager is > torrent'ing IMHO.

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