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Tale of 2 Indexing Administrators
September 10, 2008
Thomas Mennecke
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It isn't easy being an administrator of an eDonkey2000 or BitTorrent indexing site. It's probably not much better for a newsgroup admin either, but considering the lack of enforcement against such sites, the ride is a bit easier. Across the globe, action is being taken against the owners and administrators of eDonkey2000 and BitTorrent indexing sites, with a varied resolution to each case.

Starting off in the United States, the administration of EliteTorrents has endured a hellish 3 years. Remember operation D-elite back in May of 2005? That's the day when BitTorrent development activity, with the exception of BitTorrent, Inc., died in the United States. Back in May of 2005, Star Wars, Revenge of the Sith was released. Although it was every bit of George Lucas' intention to release it only in theaters, the movie showed up online about 6-12 hours prior to its theatrical release. Then all hell broke loose.

Because Star Wars was seeded (uploaded) by the administrators of EliteTorrents, the repercussions were enormous. Scott McCausland, lead administrator, was sentenced to 5 months in prison, with additional 5 months probation. Fellow administrator Grant Stanley also pled guilty, and received a similar sentence of 5 months in prison, followed by 5 months probation.

The story was a bit different for Daniel Dove, another administrator of EliteTorrents. Instead of pleading guilty, Dove instead opted for a jury trial. Unfortunately for Dove, things turned out much worse for him than his compatriots, and in an announcement made today by the Department of Justice, Dove was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Across the globe, a much different story for indexing administrators is unfolding. In Germany and much of Europe, eDonkey2000 is a popular network. Although not as popular as BitTorrent, eDoneky2000 is still a preferred network by millions of individuals for its ability to locate rare files. Like many network administrators, the individuals behind these communities are continuously forced offline or sued for copyright infringement in an effort to stem the growth of P2P. For one eDonkey2000 group, it appears things would go better than their American counterparts.

In a surprise ruling, P2P Blog reports that Warner Brothers has lost its case against an eDonkey2000 indexing site. Unfortunately, the site's name isn't mentioned in either P2P Blog or

In any event, the battle against the entertainment industry ultimately turned in the favor of the eDonkey2000 administrator. After an initial defeat earlier this year, the administrator appealed, and the court sided with his argument. According to P2P Blog, the indexing site played no role in copyright infringement, since no files are actually stored on the server.

Location plays a significant role in the longevity of indexing sites, but the involvement of the administrator plays an equal role. EliteTorrents probably would still not exist today in the United States even if they didn't upload Star Wars, but the repercussions would've been far different.

This story is filed in these Slyck News categories
BitTorrent :: BitTorrent Community
eDonkey2000 :: ed2k Community

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