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Judge rules against TorrentSpy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 20 Dec 2007 18:08 User comments (11)

Judge rules against TorrentSpy A federal judge has ruled against TorrentSpy and in favor of the MPAA, accusing the torrent site of tampering with evidence.
The court found that the site deleted or renamed certain threads and categories that infringed on copyrights as well as deleted the IP addresses of its users.

A $30,000 USD fine had already been levied against the site for violations of discovery orders.

Both the MPAA and the courts believed that without the evidence in question, a fair trial could not occur. The judge went on to call TorrentSpy's conduct during the discovery as "poor" as it willfully destroyed evidence and lied under oath.

The MPAA, of course, applauded the decision. "The court's decision is a significant victory for MPAA member companies and sends a potent message to future defendants that this egregious behavior will not be tolerated by the judicial system," piracy chief John Malcolm said.

"The court clearly recognized that defendants engaged in evidence destruction because they knew that such evidence would prove damaging to them."


TorrentSpy is seeking an appeal.

Source:
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11 user comments

120.12.2007 21:53
vinny13
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Good. TorrentSpy deserves to die after they screwed me over...

220.12.2007 22:19

They deleted the addresses of their users! That goes a long way in my book!!

320.12.2007 22:41

Originally posted by veyron:
They deleted the addresses of their users! That goes a long way in my book!!
I second that, at least they went to bat for a majority of the users.. to the ones who got caught, "WAKE UP" What you are doing is illegal.. If you do not have the means or know how to protect yourself then you shouldn't be on line doing the things you were doing that got you in trouble..These guy took it on the chin like men and told the courts to go f@*k themselves..Good in my book..

421.12.2007 0:04

Ah and on it goes..... does anyone hear the whistle of that train? Funny how this seemed to get rolling with illegally obtained emails and judgements in favor of said illegally obtained evidence. Guess it goes to show how far the corruption has come. I'm sure it will go further in the future as long as the mafiaa has backing and cash....


Oh wait I forgot some of their "members" are already pulling out due to consumer backlash.

521.12.2007 2:09

It looks like Blackjax has a decent head on his (or her) shoulders.

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Funny how this seemed to get rolling with illegally obtained emails and judgements in favor of said illegally obtained evidence.
Indeed, from what I remember the evidence against TorrentSpy (emails and such) were obtained illegally which means that it is null and void in a court of law.

Quote:
The court's decision is a significant victory for MPAA member companies and sends a potent message to future defendants that this egregious behavior will not be tolerated by the judicial system
Here is a rough translation:
"The court's decision was significant in that it allows us to continue our illegal methods with the court ruling in our favor and turning a blind eye to our obviously illicit methods, this sends a message that the judicial system is screwed up beyond repair".

Peace

621.12.2007 7:01

It's him and I couldn't agree with you more pop about the judicial system. Amazing how every 6-12 monthes we hear something about a judge doing something "questionable" in our community!

721.12.2007 12:29

They act as if it's a victory in their battle against file sharing. It's plainly a victory against "lying" in court. Torrentspy is busted. There are hundreds more like them. That $30,000 will probably cover a fraction of the cost it took to beat Jamie Thomas and her kids into the ground.

821.12.2007 15:37

Originally posted by vinny13:
Good. TorrentSpy deserves to die after they screwed me over...

Vinny13................What happened?????????

921.12.2007 19:36

They will never catch up! right when the MPAA gets into a court of law with one website, a dozen more pop up. By the time the court case Is halfway through 10 more will pop up. It's a cat and mouse game, except there are more mice than cats and theyre breeding faster that the cats can catch them. Although since they deleted their user base..... I tip my hat off to them for such a bold move. Besides people who want to watch movies online for free have gone the streaming route. The form of piracy changes every few months. So the Mpaa will continue waisting money on causes that have long been outdated already

1021.12.2007 22:28

Quote:
Originally posted by vinny13:
Good. TorrentSpy deserves to die after they screwed me over...

Vinny13................What happened?????????
Vinny be a righteous pirate and believes in bending over the man...I believe in stealing all the nuts you can....*looks at your pants* AVAST MEHAERTYS!!

:X


LOL

sorry.....t'wod seem I know have a gay pirate voice in my head ><....wish the fan girls would shut up long enough to run im out >>

1128.12.2007 18:16

I am sure that we have not heard the last of this story.

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