US Government Orders TorrentSpy To Spy On Torrent UsersJun 9th, 2007 | By James Lewin | Category: Digital Video Downloads, General, Strange
This information could then be turned over to the MPAA and other organizations that want to limit sharing of movies and other media files, effectively putting TorrentSpy in the position of spying on their users.
The site owners have been granted a stay of the order in order to make an appeal, which must be filed by June 12, says Ira Rothken, TorrentSpy‚Äôs attorney.
This action follows MPAA action in 2006 against several BitTorrent sites, TorrentSpy included. According to the MPAA, Torrentspy helps others commit copyright infringement by directing people to sites which enable them to download copyright material, an offense claims the MPAA, of secondary copyright infringement.
At the time, Rothken said ‚ÄúIt [TorrentSpy] cannot be held ‚Äòtertiary‚Äô liable for visitors‚Äô conduct that occurs away from its web search engine‚Äù. TorrentSpy claims it did nothing illegal and suggested the MPAA should sue Google.
An attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation referred to the order to demand a defendant log visitor activity and then hand over the information to the plaintiff as ‚Äúunprecedented.‚Äù He continued ‚ÄúIn general, a defendant is not required to create new records to hand over in discovery. We shouldn‚Äôt let Web site logging policies be set by litigation‚Äù