TorrentSpy must pay $110 million to MPAA

A clear message to all torrent websites hosted on the US soil was sent all over the world today: A federal judge is hitting the shuttered TorrentSpy service with a $111 million penalty for facilitating the infringement of thousands of copyrighted works. U.S. District Judge Florence -Marie Cooper in Los Angeles, ruling in a case brought by the Motion Picture Association of America, said site operator Justin Bunnell and associates must pay the maximum $30,000 for "each of the 3,699 infringements shown." The case, producing what is among the largest fines in copyright history, was bolstered after the MPAA allegedly paid a hacker $15,000 for internal TorrentSpy e-mails and correspondence.

"This substantial money judgment sends a strong message about the illegality of these sites," MPAA Chairman Dan Glickman said in a statement. TorrentSpy, a U.S.-based torrent tacking service, shuttered in March after it lost its case against the MPAA. TorrentSpy did not lose on the merits, but defaulted after it failed to produce internal records. No U.S. case has squarely addressed the legalities of BitTorrent tracking services, although one case is nearing a resolution. Judge Cooper ordered TorrentSpy permanently shuttered. TorrentSpy attorney Ira Rothken was not immediately available for comment. He has appealed the default order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

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Why doesn't the MPAA just give up? The torrent sites will just move to other countries where they cannot be prosecuted by American authorities and for every software pirating program/site that gets shut down, several more will step in and take its place.

(MulletRobZ said @ #13)
The torrent sites will just move to other countries where they cannot be prosecuted by American authorities

America will declare war as they did when they wanted to steal Iraq's oil. But killing brown people isn't a crime like stealing a movie, of trashy pop song.

(MulletRobZ said @ #13)
Why doesn't the MPAA just give up? The torrent sites will just move to other countries where they cannot be prosecuted by American authorities and for every software pirating program/site that gets shut down, several more will step in and take its place.

They wont give up because the companies that they are attempting to protect have billions in product. I agree that going after torrent sites and other tactics by the MPAA and RIAA are only going to get, at best, the tip of the iceberg. I don't believe that any of the processes that these orginizations take are going to resolve the problem they are having... however the issue here is that the MPAA doesn't realize this, or it seems they don't realize this issue. After a decade the RIAA still thinks they can stop illegal trading by sueing users.

Let's look at this another way: the US goverment has been trying to stop the use of marijuana for over half a century. Billions of dollars have been spent and yet the issue still exists. The problem in either case is the person/company/goverment cannot get themselves out of the habit of doing the same thing over and over and over, reguardless of the previous results.

The answer? I don't know. I do know the current process will have limited results that the MPAA would like.

A good analogy would be that they are trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube.

Fact of the matter is that both, the movie industry and the record industry, have completely missed the boat of the digital age. They still want to cling to their old way of doing thing because they are so far behind, they will never catch-up. Their business is going down the drain and they can't stop it. So they are going down kicking and screaming.

10 years ago they should have taken the lesson from Napster and be the first one out there.

heh this wont go very far, i can just see it blowing up in their face
THEY CANT WIN GIVE IT ****ING UP ALREADY

mpaa need to die as they are just in it for easy money and not for the artists themselves and i got 2 words for you MPAA: Suck It.

That's missing the point. If you can't afford it in the first place, they don't want you anywhere near it. However their argument of potential loss of sale is completely bogus.

Shouldn't MPAA be fined for illegal access into TorrentSpy's mailbox and other sensitive data? Thats invasion of privacy and straight grounds of hacking. Wonder how they let that pass by. I wonder how the torrentspy people will pay off the huge amount. Although its amazing that torrentspy fought for so long, most would give up and save their asses from getting sued. Kudos torrentspy staff!

(sibot said @ #1)
Shouldn't MPAA be fined for illegal access into TorrentSpy's mailbox and other sensitive data? Thats invasion of privacy and straight grounds of hacking. Wonder how they let that pass by. I wonder how the torrentspy people will pay off the huge amount. Although its amazing that torrentspy fought for so long, most would give up and save their asses from getting sued. Kudos torrentspy staff!
I think they should sue mpaa for 110 million and all the legal fees they had to pay thus far, for what mpaa did to them since they obtained the evidence illegally to begin with.

The best part of any MPAA/RIAA sueparty is when they use the word "Damages".
If it wasn't pirated, it wouldn't have been bought either. They lost nothing, but gained a potential future customer.

(hotdog963al said @ #19)
The best part of any MPAA/RIAA sueparty is when they use the word "Damages".
If it wasn't pirated, it wouldn't have been bought either. They lost nothing, but gained a potential future customer.

yup nothing ever changes

blah blah mpaa. clear message my ass. torrentspy was unlucky one got caught, between there ton other torrent site.
try the **** with thepiratebay they actually laugh at mpaa face

Pfft. It sucks how this all happened, and it reeks of corruption, but to all you morons who are like 'yay one more nail in the coffin, piracy is almost over, we are going to be safe soon!'...Keep dreaming. You can't stop it...There are plenty of other sites out there...And someone will just come along and replace when one gets taken down. And how the **** are torrents responsible for terrorism? I guess the government will try anything to get the general, un-suspecting public on there side...Stay smart people =]

It's funny because torrentspy was only good about 2 years ago, there's always such a delay that (most) clever people are already onto the next website.

This very much reminds me the story of Napster.... Yes, it has been shutdown by RIAA and MPAA, but the result? More and more technology alternatives (read: torrents) came into play which are even more difficult to track and "kill".

To me it seems they can sue and win these "anti-sharing" cases, but in the long run it isn't going to change much. Rather than suing and claiming a victory for $110 mln, which they're not going to get anyway, it would be much wiser for MPAA to embrace the technology and work with sites to everyone's benefit. An example of that would be to charge $10 or so per movie, and I'm sure, as in the case with iTunes, people will pay for the convinience.

retarded news

i will be waiting for the MPAA to sue Google then.

we all know you can use google to search by file type right ?

i just did a test for the key word "crack" & filetype: torrent and i got 133,000 hits

so according to these morons they SHOULD be suing google then right ?

QUICK someone call the Web Sheriff !!!11ONE http://www.websheriff.com/websheriff/

I'm getting some inspiration here, I think I'll go register the domain torrentspyer if it hasn't been already. J/K in case you didn't get my sarcasm/joking

hah... mediamogul terrorism at its finest, the extortionists won again. :-(

I just love being called a thief, even when I buy my media legitimately. One of the reasons I buy my **** at half price books, or other resellers. If I like something/someone enough, I'll try to buy from *them* directly, and not their overlords.

And to those who defend the moguls and their terror tactics: kiss my ass, you're contributing to the problem, not helping it. The artists aren't seeing diddly-**** from the MPAA or RIAA, or the companies that have screwed them totally. Even tours don't net them much anymore, so it's time that WE THE PEOPLE made a change, and forced the moguls to listen to US, who enable their profits, instead of the other way around.

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