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isoHunt gets shutdown by ISP and moves to Canada

Posted 19 January 2007 12:07 CET by Seán Byrne

isoHunt, a fairly popular BitTorrent website has been shutdown by its ISP without warning.  The website which was hosted in the US has since moved to a Canadian ISP where they expect to return online from, but it currently just has a temporary status message mentioning about the issue.

Last year, isoHunt had a lawsuit failed against them by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for alleged mass copyright infringement, however while the site mentions the shutdown was likely related to this lawsuit, no official statement has been made yet by the MPAA to indicate this.  However, the MPAA has succeeded bringing down popular BitTorrent sites in the past.  On the other hand, announcing the shutdown of a site can also backfire if that springs back to life, since it effectively becomes unwanted publicity for the site.  The Pirate Bay is a good example where the MPAA put out a press release mentioning that the Swedish authorities have shut down the website, only for it spring back to life temporarily in the Netherlands, before returning to Sweden to continue online where it left off.

Going by isoHunt’s website, they have no intention of moving to Sweden (where The Pirate Bay is currently hosted) or to Sealand, but have instead have set up on new hardware in Canada.  They have currently moved their data to Canada and expect to be back up tomorrow.

Thanks to GRiM for mentioning about this news.

4633
CD Freaks Rookie
Posted on: 19 Jan 07 18:52
I MISS ISOHUNT :c
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Ranmacanada
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 20 Jan 07 21:24
all I can say if they are going after sites that specialize in this stuff, why not hit the search engines as well. I can just as easily google for a torrent as I can use any of these sites. And frankly they are not holding the files so how can they be held responsible. All they are is indexing nothing more really. Would be like holding google responsible for having hate speech or kiddy porn come up through a search.
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cd pirate
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 21 Jan 07 04:30
Exactly ^ And what about torrent programs? They are just as responsible as the sites are. Why not go after them? MPAA are a bunch of F***wits.
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DukeNukem
MyCE Resident Commenter
Posted on: 24 Jan 07 14:38
"Fairly popular"? I have this "friend" who loves it !!!
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mywebdesignguy
New Member
Posted on: 24 Jan 10 03:46
I am so sad. That was my entertainment.
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Castle_Rock
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 01 Feb 10 08:18
ISO hunt is still online and running up to this day, I prefer ISOhunt over other torrent sites as they are the only site that keep the site clean of nasties like trojains and do a great job maintaing the site.

Though its a illegal operation, It all revolves around digital media obviously, I still feel that ever since tapes went to cd's and vhs went to dvd disks, the computers can read the disks, which results in copying them onto the pc and uploading them for downloading online, The RIAA and the Government are wasting their time trying to shut down these such sites as this is an issue and will always be an issue unless they devise a new plan to prevent PC's from ripping such media...

Though, I still believe that we Should pay for movies since the actors and producers spend billions to produce the film, when most don;t recieve half the revenue they put into the film, so I can see a point where file-sharing copy-righted movies could be illegal, however, music, the artist make millions from each album they market, and drive $100k cars and live in billion dollar homes. They don;t need any more money, why not pirate their music, besides, the music files are soo small, it doesn't take much to transfer to the net to someone else's pc.

I don;t know, I don;t use file sharing sites at all unless I am searching for a mp3 file, but this is just my opinion and maybe other feel the same or indifferent as I do...
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debro
Blown to smitherines
Posted on: 01 Feb 10 10:19
Quote:
Originally Posted by mywebdesignguy
I am so sad. That was my entertainment.
2 1/2 years ago dude
They've already moved to canada and fired up their site ... business as usual.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Castle_Rock
ISO hunt is still online and running up to this day, I prefer ISOhunt over other torrent sites as they are the only site that keep the site clean of nasties like trojains and do a great job maintaing the site.

Though its a illegal operation, It all revolves around digital media obviously, I still feel that ever since tapes went to cd's and vhs went to dvd disks, the computers can read the disks, which results in copying them onto the pc and uploading them for downloading online, The RIAA and the Government are wasting their time trying to shut down these such sites as this is an issue and will always be an issue unless they devise a new plan to prevent PC's from ripping such media...

Though, I still believe that we Should pay for movies since the actors and producers spend billions to produce the film, when most don;t recieve half the revenue they put into the film, so I can see a point where file-sharing copy-righted movies could be illegal, however, music, the artist make millions from each album they market, and drive $100k cars and live in billion dollar homes. They don;t need any more money, why not pirate their music, besides, the music files are soo small, it doesn't take much to transfer to the net to someone else's pc.

I don;t know, I don;t use file sharing sites at all unless I am searching for a mp3 file, but this is just my opinion and maybe other feel the same or indifferent as I do...
Don't pirate kids ... because if you do, you're Bin Ladens concubine, and you will be killed
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Castle_Rock
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 02 Feb 10 00:35
thanks for the heads-up.
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justnandbrtny
MyCE Rookie
Posted on: 17 Feb 10 02:03
i think it is unfair that isohunt has been treated that way. isohunt doesnt even provide trackers
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