TorrentSpy Blocks Searches From US Visitors

In what appears to be a preventative measure to protect its users, popular Bittorrent search site TorrentSpy has begun to block all search from US visitors, starting today. The site has been caught up in a lawsuit in which the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) demanded that TorrentSpy hand over all user info stored in its servers' RAM. Although the site does not currently store log any user data, a court could compel the site to keep all server logs; concern over the lawsuit and user privacy has prompted this recent action.

TorrentSpy owner Justin Bunnell explained to TorrentFreak that: "We must comply with European Union privacy laws and turning off USA traffic was the only way to guarantee that protection for our users. It is not something with a time limit." The search restriction seems to be a permanent measure. Given that over 15% of TorrentSpy's visitors are US residents, blocking them off for good could be a disaster for the site. When TorrentFreak asked Justin how he thinks this will affect the future of TorrentSpy, he responded: "Whatever future awaits, the innovations of peer-to-peer technology and the jobs and opportunities it creates will take place outside of the USA."

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well im seeing a trend here... first you had phone phreaks, then computers, then we got computer phreaks and pirates... and once the internet is policed, a new communication non-internet will be invented. meaning the government will be a few years behind it to illegalize it. Although they are wising up with big words like "transfer" and things that the people in the white house dont actually understand. I think they need to keep their f*cking fat heads out of somthing they dont understand and let the record companies fend for themselves. Most people i know download music to SUPPORT the band. How many people do you know would have any music whatsoever if piracy wasn't possible? i wouldn't.

The EU requires that Torrentspy keep its users' data to themselves. The USA is contemplating requiring them to hand it over. Therefore, remaining in the USA would cause them to violate EU laws.

But I don't understand why we still use centralised p2p query servers, specially after napster. Decentralised query systems like Kademlia exist and seem to be quite functional. But then of course I guess the torrent sites make profit, so that's the motivation for its administrators.

“Whatever future awaits, the innovations of peer-to-peer technology and the jobs and opportunities it creates will take place outside of the USA.”

peer to peer creates job opportunities?

Well, ok I agree there are a small number of jobs to be created.

But how many jobs are being lost because of piracy because of p2p?

It definitely isn't much of a loss to me because I don't use torrentspy. Kind of a crappy site, because it doesn't have very many good torrents and its just full of inapropriate ads.

Most torrent sites are full of ads. Most of those ads are inappropriate. Torrentspy had a decent layout and some useful features that made it one of the most popular sites on the internet, and a variety of mainstream torrents for mostly music and video. If you can't take the ads, use an adblocker.

I know many of them have inappropriate ads, but it sure seemed like Mininova had a lot more torrents and not any bad ads. You just have to use the sites that have a good ammount of torrents and aren't full of indecent ads.

Piracy is becoming too prevalent and too easy to do. It used to be something relatively underground, and it required some minor technical knowledge, now anyone can do it just by clicking on a link.

On the other hand, companies are still profiting despite the piracy. In any case, there's nothing that can be done about it any time soon.

Piracy was actually far easier 10 years ago when you had websites you could goto and click and download what you wanted. MP3 websites were abundant, search engines wouldn't turn up a billion fake websites and you had no fear that anyone would prosecute you for it.

Now it's changed, especially if you're in the US or UK where piracy crackdown and prosecutions take place often. Even bittorent isn't very safe to use at the moment as ISP's are starting to block or limit traffic.

Companies are getting better at protecting their software now, look at Bioshock, games were usually cracked in a few days and now take weeks, soon to be impossible as everything will require online validation to run.

imachip said,
Companies are getting better at protecting their software now, look at Bioshock, games were usually cracked in a few days and now take weeks, soon to be impossible as everything will require online validation to run.

Not that it's a good thing to speak of, but that's already been bypassed. Think of Windows and WGA.

i used to be able to put a tape into a high speed dubber and click record. How is it all of a sudden so much easier???

i remember back in the good old days, to get an MP3 you wanted you simply searched using google and then downloaded, torrents are much much harder for non technical users,

the reason people copy stuff is that they feel it is over priced, i find it hard to reason why i should pay more for a DVD now than i used to pay for a VHS tape ten years ago, the manufacturing process is a LOT cheaper for DVD and other curent media, i can make mmy own DVD's for a few dollars. how can these companies charge so much for somethign they used to charge less for and cost more to make

imachip said,
Companies are getting better at protecting their software now, look at Bioshock, games were usually cracked in a few days and now take weeks, soon to be impossible as everything will require online validation to run.

Umm are you insane, impossible to crack. NOTHING is impossible to crack, and i mean ABSOLUTELY nothing, hence nothign exists out there that hasn't been cracked, to say online validation is uncrackable isa joke, umm for starters windows XP, office etc etc online validiation all cracked

whocares78 said,

Umm are you insane, impossible to crack. NOTHING is impossible to crack, and i mean ABSOLUTELY nothing, hence nothign exists out there that hasn't been cracked, to say online validation is uncrackable isa joke, umm for starters windows XP, office etc etc online validiation all cracked

I've been around since games were first cracked, let me ask you.. Has World of Warcraft been cracked or Guild Wars? The answer is no, and now single player games are heading towards this type of protection where some/most of the content is required from online sources and has to be validated from a server. This is whats making Bioshock so hard to crack as a small part comes from their servers. It will probably be cracked within the next week, but it's taking more effort to do it and eventually no one will bother.

I'm sorry but we're ending the era of the Wild Wild West type of the internet and entering a more controlled, commercial and policed enviroment. It's the future, like it or not.

imachip said,

I've been around since games were first cracked, let me ask you.. Has World of Warcraft been cracked or Guild Wars? The answer is no, and now single player games are heading towards this type of protection where some/most of the content is required from online sources and has to be validated from a server. This is whats making Bioshock so hard to crack as a small part comes from their servers. It will probably be cracked within the next week, but it's taking more effort to do it and eventually no one will bother.

I'm sorry but we're ending the era of the Wild Wild West type of the internet and entering a more controlled, commercial and policed enviroment. It's the future, like it or not.

World of Warcraft has been cracked... I believe.

I'm surprised that the US only accounts for 15% of their traffic - I would have thought it was more. Still, if it is to protect the interests of the site and protect the privacy of people in the EU I am all for it.

Maybe they are cheating, banning just a few ip ranges. In theory is possible to ban all US connection but in the reality it's hard to determine with exactitude which connection came from USA or from a node located in another country.

"demanded that TorrentSpy hand over all user info stored in its servers' RAM"

They do, of course, realize that logging RAM is impossible, and even if you could, it'd be impossible to get meaningful information from it, because you'd have something like a gigabyte of data per second?

Hey, why not just hand over all the server ram sticks and say: "Here you go. If there's information stored on this RAM, you're welcome to it."

In other news, millions of US torrent searchers flooded the various web proxy sites today.

We don't have anything to fear from our government up here. Being a true democracy they fear us, not the other way around.

Foub said,
We don't have anything to fear from our government up here. Being a true democracy they fear us, not the other way around.

Amen.