Monday, August 27, 2007

TorrentSpy Acts to Protect Privacy

Torrentspy.com, an International search engine that provides links to torrent files, has decided to stop accepting visitors from the United States.

Torrentspy's servers are located in the Netherlands and is subject to International privacy laws including those in the European Union.

Torrentspy.com has a strong privacy policy protecting site users against the linking of personal identifying information to searches absent user consent.

Torrentspy's decision to stop accepting US visitors was NOT compelled by any Court rather it arises out of an uncertain legal climate in the United States regarding user privacy and the apparent tension between US and European Union Internet privacy laws.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Public Interest Groups Side with TorrentSpy

Now that some time has passed, the extended ramifications of the logfile ruling are coming to light. For example, the EFF has filed a brief with the court to discuss the damage this ruling will cause if upheld.

Hopefully the court will see the damage this "weapon of mass discovery" will create if allowed to stand.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Good Discussion of our case

By Annalee Newitz, AlterNet

It's no big surprise that entertainment megacorp Columbia is suing more file sharers. But there is something quite shocking about its latest infringement lawsuit against Web site TorrentSpy.com.

With this lawsuit, Columbia is attempting to do nothing short of changing the way evidence is gathered via the legal discovery process. That means the entertainment industry has finally figured out a way to screw everybody in the United States -- not just the geeks using peer-to-peer software.

... read the full story

The EFF Chooses Privacy

By Greg Sandoval, News.com

The Electronic Frontier Foundation plans to file a friends-of-the-court brief in support of TorrentSpy, the search engine accused of copyright violations.

Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney with EFF, which advocates for the rights of Internet users, said the group has notified representatives from TorrentSpy and the motion picture studios of their intent to file an amicus brief that argues for a reversal of the judge's decision.

He added that EFF is also looking for others to join them on the brief.

"This is the first time the court has found that information found only in RAM is subject to preservation," von Lohmann said. "Companies may be obliged to begin logging and producing information about conversations that occur on digital phones, which are stored on RAM. Nobody is asked to preserve records for analog phone conversations."

... read the full story

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Torrentspy vs. The MPAA

Hello Friends of TorrentSpy,

This message is to inform you about recent efforts by the motion picture studios to shut down TorrentSpy. As you may know, in February 2006 the major movie studios and their Washington lobby, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), filed a lawsuit against TorrentSpy and other search engines.
We guess that hiring hackers and turning a blind eye to identity theft is not enough for the movie studios and the MPAA. Now they want to know who you are, what you search for, and what you download. In short, it is the view of the movie studios that websites should not allow anonymous use and your activity on the Internet - anywhere - is their business.
The really scarry thing is that if we lose this court battle, the movie studios will be able to go after any search engine or website and force them to collect data about YOU. It is not an exaggeration to say that losing this fight is a nail in the Internet's coffin.
We have spent the last year challenging their relentless campaign against the 1st Amendment and personal privacy laws Worldwide. We have succeeded in delaying the court order to turn on logs while we appeal it. TorrentSpy will not create logs of what you do on the site without your consent.
While we use Google Analytics for website statistics, TorrentSpy servers have never tracked your IP Address, the searches you make, or how you use the site. We are dedicated to your privacy and we are fighting for your rights!

Sincerely,
Torrentspy