“What is really going on here is a Hollywood public-relations stunt,” CNET News has TorrentSpy lawyer Ira Rothken (right) saying.
“The reason for the size of the judgment was so a bunch of news organizations would write that ‘a $100 million judgment was issued against a bunch of pirates’ when, in fact, it was declared against a company with no appreciable assets that has already declared bankruptcy,” he says, correctly summarising the situation.
TorrentSpy filed for bankruptcy in England last week and is without the ability to pay even a fraction of the $100 million, rendering the judgment’s dollar amount meaningless, says the story, going on:
“TorrentSpy helps users locate BitTorrent files, and since BiTorrent is a technology favored by those sharing digital files illegally, the site was known as an important tool for pirates.
“But the company argued that it never hosted any unauthorized content and shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions of its users – just as Google isn’t held accountable when people use its service to find pirated content.”
The MPAA disagreed, claiming unlike Do No Evil Google, “TorrentSpy existed primarily to help people rip off Hollywood,” says CNET.
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