Fung runs the site from Vancouver, BC, and late last year, “With the news MiniNova has abandoned its traditional indexing service, now working only with Content Distribution, “That leaves you as probably the only major, and true, indexing site online,” said p2pnet.
“Do you expect to be able to to continue for the foreeeable future?” – we asked Gary at the time. “Nothing’s changed as far as we are concerned,” he said.
But now Fung and Hollywood’s MPAA are “haggling over how to comport with March 23 injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles” says Wired, going on >>>
“It is axiomatic that the availability of free infringing copies of plaintiffs’ works through defendants’ websites irreparably undermines the growing legitimate market (.pdf) for consumers to purchase access to the same works,” Wilson wrote in support of his injunction.
The judge added that “upwards of 95 percent of all dot-torrent files downloaded from defendants’ websites” return infringing material or works “at least highly likely to be infringing.”
Fung has two weeks to comply “within 14 days of the MPAA providing Fung a list of content to be removed”, says the story, adding:
“The judge is demanding that Isohunt cease “creating, maintaining or providing access to browsable website categories of dot-torrent or similar files using or based on infringement-related terms.”
“That’s jargon for keyword searching. ‘Filtering against keywords. It amounts to nothing less than taking down our search engine,’ Fung said in a telephone interview.”
“Fung’s position is that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires Hollywood to provide links to files to be removed. Keyword searches, he said, could scoop up non-infringing works.
“ ‘We’re discussing the mechanics, the process that is reasonable for an injunction,” Fung said. “We’re still trying to hope that the judge will do the right thing’.”
Wil the demand indeed “shutter” isoHunt?
We’ve asked Gary if that’s the case.
..… and identi.ca
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Wired – Isohunt Ordered to Remove Infringing Content, March 30, 2010
traditional indexing service - MiniNova deletes copyright torrents, November 26, 2009
p2pnet – MiniNova down, but isoHunt lives on, November 27, 2009
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