TorrentSpy Ordered by Federal Judge to Become MPAA Spy

TorrentSpy, one of the largest and most popular torrent dump sites, may soon become another piece of bait in the MPAA's ongoing efforts to track down and prosecute copyright infringers. The site has already been in legal trouble before, the target of an MPAA lawsuit in February 2006, but has resisted any change in policy. This may come to an end, due to a decision by the California Central District Court last month, in which federal judge Jacqueline Chooljian has ordered the site to create logs detailing individual user activity. These logs are then to be turned over to the MPAA for review. Judge Chooljian consequently granted a stay of the order, allowing TorrentSpy until June 12 to file an appeal.

TorrentSpy has a strict privacy policy, stating that it will never track visitors without their consent; the site's attorney, Ira Rothken, has stated that "It is likely that TorrentSpy would turn off access to the U.S. before tracking its users." The EFF, an advocate for the public in digital rights cases, though still reviewing the case, has tentatively given support to the site; Fred von Lohmann, an attorney for the EFF, calls the decision "unprecedented" and "troubling". "We shouldn't let Web site logging policies be set by litigation," said Lohmann. The EFF fears this decision could provide a dangerous precedent for intrusive actions in e-commerce and digital entertainment sights.

News source: News.com

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I doubt this wll ever actually take effect. Now we all know not to use torrentspy. I never have used it, though, so I don't really care. I use www.torrentz.com and mininova.

i dont see the point in this... the whole internet will know about this and people wont visit the site anymore.. so who are they going to track??

Glassed Silver said,

its about the MPAA (MOTION PICTURES ....) not the RIAA (RECORD ...) ;)

Glassed Silver:mac

OOPs RIAA MPAA, they are both pretty much the same, they both suck:)

i dont know WHY MPAA bothers to shut sites down that offer illegal movies etc cause the truth of the matter is... not all people will buy movies even if they stoped every single one of em... sure some might but i can guarentee not all of em will.... so there "loses" aint as bad as they claim they are.

so basically they would be better off spending there money on other stuff vs trying to stop pirates as it will never stop them... cause as we all know they shutdown torrentspy and another pops up in a few weeks. plus it aint like where having a shortage of torrent sites. so basically unless they can take out damn near all torrent sites (which aint gonna happen) they might as well not bother trying to screw with torrentspy.

ThaCrip said,
i dont know WHY MPAA bothers to shut sites down that offer illegal movies etc cause the truth of the matter is... not all people will buy movies even if they stoped every single one of em... sure some might but i can guarentee not all of em will.... so there "loses" aint as bad as they claim they are.

so basically they would be better off spending there money on other stuff vs trying to stop pirates as it will never stop them... cause as we all know they shutdown torrentspy and another pops up in a few weeks. plus it aint like where having a shortage of torrent sites. so basically unless they can take out damn near all torrent sites (which aint gonna happen) they might as well not bother trying to screw with torrentspy.

Exactly...They (MPAA) work on the belief that if pirates were stopped, they would then buy legal dvds/cds etc. The MPAA should take its head out of its a$$ and go after the real pirates. i.e. the guys that copy the movies and then sell counterfeit copies of the movies. These guys profit from it, and therefore removing them would mean an increase in revenue (people that buy these would then have to buy the originals).

Then again, they could always do the reasonable thing, and lower the prices on the movies they sell/ in cinemas...ensuring more people would wanna watch/ own a copy of the legal movie. But guess thats never going to happen while they keep milking the consumers dry...

The Gunslinger said,

Exactly...They (MPAA) work on the belief that if pirates were stopped, they would then buy legal dvds/cds etc. The MPAA should take its head out of its a$$ and go after the real pirates. i.e. the guys that copy the movies and then sell counterfeit copies of the movies. These guys profit from it, and therefore removing them would mean an increase in revenue (people that buy these would then have to buy the originals).

Then again, they could always do the reasonable thing, and lower the prices on the movies they sell/ in cinemas...ensuring more people would wanna watch/ own a copy of the legal movie. But guess thats never going to happen while they keep milking the consumers dry...

i gotta agree with you here alot in the bold!

but anyways, i rarely goto theaters anymore as ticket costs are just to much plus u gotta pay for there seriously overpriced popcorn etc etc on top of it.... theater tickets should not cost more than 5 dollars per person TOPS.

ThaCrip said,
i gotta agree with you here alot in the bold!

but anyways, i rarely goto theaters anymore as ticket costs are just to much plus u gotta pay for there seriously overpriced popcorn etc etc on top of it.... theater tickets should not cost more than 5 dollars per person TOPS.

I agree...I mean, the excuse always given for the high popcorn and soda prices is that the theatres dont make enough money just selling tickets...This is bullcrap.

I mean you hear all the time a movie made so many millions in the first few days, etc, but they still justify the high prices. I guess we are the gullible public. If we boycott the theatres / music cds / etc...They will have to drop the prices.

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