After 7 long years in a constant legal battle with the MPAA, Gary Fung’s giant torrent website, IsoHunt has been shut down. Google’s approach to anti-piracy by releasing their report and by them actually taking action to limit or outright deny any torrent site with a high DMCA infringement count has worried many Torrent websites… IsoHunt included. (More on my other Blog post of Google here) Very shortly after this small hurdle, Gary settled, agreed to pay a $110 million fine (It could have been up to $600 million otherwise) and to shut down IsoHunt.
Gary says to the Vancouver Sun: “It’s sad to see my baby go,” “But I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of isoHunt has been a long journey by any business definition, and forever in Internet startup time.”
Just thought I’d share this bit of good news to the authors out there who had books pirated and offered for free on IsoHunt. One less torrent giant to worry about. Phew!