IsoHunt.com is Disabled!

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The founder of isoHunt pulled down the website’s directory of links to thousands of illegal file downloads early Monday — two days ahead of the deadline mandated in a settlement with Hollywood studios — but he doesn’t sound sorry about having run the piracy-enabling service for more than a decade.

Last Thursday, after seven years of litigation, the MPAA announced that isoHunt would shut down as part of a settlement in the massive piracy lawsuit filed by its member studios. IsoHunt agreed to pay $110 million for claims that the site induced piracy of movies and TV shows, although it is not clear whether studios will be able to recover anything close to that amount.

In a notice on the site Monday, isoHunt founder Gary Fung said an effort to archive links prior to the shutdown would not make much difference because “the truth is about 95% of those .torrent files can be found off Google regardless and mostly have been indexed from other BitTorrentsites in the first place.”

IsoHunt.com — which carried the tagline “freedom of information” — had been among the most popular BitTorrent sites. It had listed more than 70 million active users over the past weekend, with more than 13 million active torrent downloads.

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