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TorrentSpy Appeals, Pirate Bay Knights
July 25, 2008
Thomas Mennecke
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Warner Brothers managed to keep the "The Dark Knight" from falling victim to the prerelease scene, ultimately, however, Warner Brothers didn't keep a copy from showing up online. Despite the strengthening of laws against in-theater recording, this effort doesn't appear to be having the desired effect. "I am Legend" suffered a black eye when a near perfect screener appeared before its theatrical release. The movie went on to have the largest opening December weekend for a non-holiday related movie.

The Pirate Bay often takes advantage of this situation at the expense of the movie industry, and has once again taken on a satirically themed logo. This year, The Pirate Bay is taking on a Dark Knight, and like other themes in the past, linking directly to the film's torrent.

Unlike most other trackers or indexers, The Pirate Bay has survived the best the entertainment industry has to offer. Their tracker was taken off line in May of 2006 - an action that's easily a death sentence for any other tracker. Virtually every tracker that’s been taken off line, LokiTorrents, EliteTorrents, OiNK, never returned. The only large scale operation that accompanies The Pirate Bay in this elite group is Demonoid, who was chased out of the Netherlands last year, only to later reappear in Canada and the Ukraine.

Unfortunately for other operations, copyright laws are enforced with tenacity in most other countries – especially in the US. All of the original tracking and indexing sites that were once based in the US have been forced offline, including TorrentSpy. TorrentSpy made headlines in February of 2005 when it was sued by the movie industry, represented by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). TorrentSpy continued to exist throughout the protracted litigation until March of this year, when TorrentSpy finally closed. In May, the movie industry was awarded a $110 million judgment.

During TorrentSpy’s ordeal, it counter sued the MPAA for hiring a hacker to obtain internal information. Specifically, the complaint accused the MPAA of paying an ex-associate $15,000 to obtain critical information to solidify their case against and its associates. Apparently, the spy obtained some level of success, as the complaint cites several documents the individual obtained. Ultimately, the case never got off the ground and was thrown out in August of 2007.

But TorrentSpy’s defense still feels there’s legitimacy to their claim, and if they could only find an appellate court to listen, they just might be able to undermine the MPAA’s efforts and disown the $110 million debt. That’s exactly their hope in a new round of legal rumblings from TorrentSpy. Yesterday, TorrentSpy’s defense announced their appeal of the “MPAA wiretap case.”

Torrentspy has appealed the federal "wiretap" case against the Motion Picture Association of America to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving allegations that the MPAA paid a hacker $15,000 dollars in return for use of emails obtained by unauthorized computer access and automated interception. The case is Bunnell v. Motion Picture Association of America.

In two very different parts of the world, two similar BitTorrent sites are facing the world in very different ways.

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