After Megaupload closure, BTJunkie shuts down

Feb 06, 2012
BTJunkie, a popular file-sharing indexing site, said Monday it was voluntarily shutting down, less than three weeks after the US closure of Megaupload in a crackdown on piracy of music, films and other materials.

BTJunkie, a popular file-sharing indexing site, said Monday it was voluntarily shutting down, less than three weeks after the US closure of Megaupload in a crackdown on piracy of music, films and other materials.

"This is the end of the line my friends," BTJunkie said in a brief message posted on the home page of the site along with the dates of its existence: "2005-2012."

"The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down," Britain-based BTJunkie said. "We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on.

"It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!" it said.

BTJunkie provided a search engine for Bit Torrent files and was one of the top five torrent sites with "dozens of millions of users a month," according to TorrentFreak, a website which covers file-sharing news.

TorrentFreak quoted the unidentified founder of BTJunkie as saying that BTJunkie's decision to close down stemmed partly from recent legal actions against and The , which faces legal action in Europe.

Megaupload was shut down by the US authorities on January 19 and seven people were charged in connection with what the and FBI described as "among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States."

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kochevnik
3 / 5 (2) Feb 06, 2012
English sensibility: Quit while you're ahead!
InsaniD
Feb 06, 2012
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Squirrel
2.3 / 5 (4) Feb 06, 2012
What happens when young unemployed, poorly paid or bored hormonally driven men can no longer download pirated films, games and porn? Do they look at a blank screen? Marx had a theory that religion acted as an opium that kept the disposed passive.

It will be interesting to see whether following Megadownload, Fileserver and now BTJunkie going dark whether the serious social unrest expected to follow austerity policies that has not materialized in Europe linked to the Euro will now take place.
axemaster
5 / 5 (1) Feb 06, 2012
This doesn't change anything. The more they try to enforce, the more incentive they will create for people to write anonymizing software. In the meantime though, they are really making themselves look like thugs. 70 police officers bursting into the home of a fat man to arrest him sure sounds like terrorism doesn't it?
Vendicar_Decarian
0.2 / 5 (38) Feb 06, 2012
There is no freedom without intellectual freedom and there is no intellectual freedom as long as people are threatened by the illegitimate claim made by corporations that there is such a thing as "intellectual property."

Intellectual property is an illegitimate concept and can have no place in a free, moral, and civilized society.

_nigmatic10
not rated yet Feb 07, 2012
All this file sharing site attacking for this fictional piracy ideals makes me want to start a radio station and play music over the radio that can be recorded. Ah, memories.
Technophebe
3.5 / 5 (6) Feb 07, 2012
"Intellectual property" is simply the idea that you are entitled to be paid for the work you've done. A movie, album or game represents hundreds or even thousands of man hours of work by trained individuals who rightly desire recognition and payment for their work. Taking the results of that work without due payment is theft, regardless of how easy and victimless it appears to end consumers at their torrent client. The idea that information should be free is entirely distinct from the idea that entertainment that cost a lot of money to produce should be free for you to consume because you don't want to pay for it.
Green_Dragon
5 / 5 (1) Feb 07, 2012
I don't disagree with technophebe,I just rather like Louis C.K.'s idea as opposed to the current distribution method. I'm also opposed to the up and coming model of buy entertainment in iOS or Android....it really sticks you in one or the other and doesn't really provide "choice" unless your willing to lose your investment in either or purchase two sets of material.
Skepticus
1 / 5 (1) Feb 07, 2012
What happens when young unemployed, poorly paid or bored hormonally driven men can no longer download pirated films, games and porn? Do they look at a blank screen?


They can always get religion and/or turn into suicide bombers.
iiibogdan
5 / 5 (1) Feb 07, 2012
the people who run things should realize that the media content is what keeps us docile in front of a computer screen and distracted from the shady things they do...without that media content we might just get bored and start geting involved
Vendicar_Decarian
0 / 5 (35) Feb 07, 2012
You are similarly "entitled" to compensation for taking it upon yourself to dig a hole in your back yard.

Ooh. Sorry. You aren't.

""Intellectual property" is simply the idea that you are entitled to be paid for the work you've done." - technophebe

"A movie, album or game represents hundreds or even thousands of man hours of work by trained individuals" - Technophebe

A big hole can also represent tens of thousands of man hours of work. You shoule be entitled for compensation from society in putting in the effort to dig one.

Oh wait.... No you shouldn't.

Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Feb 07, 2012
"The idea that information should be free is entirely distinct from the idea that entertainment that cost a lot of money to produce ..." - Technophebe

Indeed the cost of you producing information - like the cost of you digging a big hole plays no illegitimate role in your demand that society pay you for doing so.

Information has through the entire history of Man, been free for the consumption.

I intend to keep it that way.
Husky
not rated yet Feb 12, 2012
I guess the BTJunkie thought it was time to cash out and bail with a couple of mill. while they still can get away with it...
nickkerman86
not rated yet Feb 20, 2012
What happens when young unemployed, poorly paid or bored hormonally driven men can no longer download pirated films, games and porn? Do they look at a blank screen?


They can always get religion and/or turn into suicide bombers.


well change a religion and political and cultural views is good idea, but not to be someone bad to make destruction.
nickkerman86
not rated yet Feb 20, 2012
All this file sharing site attacking for this fictional piracy ideals makes me want to start a radio station and play music over the radio that can be recorded. Ah, memories.


hah yeah me too remember that times when was using audio tapes, funny was that time.

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