A Sad Day – isohunt and torrentbox “Self Destruct”

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Today is a very sad day, over the past 10 years I’ve watched as Torrent site after torrent site got shut down or blocked, as a big fan of torrenting (and actually mostly not illegal!) it has been the cause of much hate for the UK Government and indeed all Governments around the world that protect “Digital Piracy”.

So anyway, today both isohunt and torrentbox (I assume owned by the same guy) have been shut down, not by a government or police, but by the owner himself – although I would not be surprised if it was due in part to the ever scary legal challenge a torrent site brings on to unfortunate owners.

However the farewell was met with some smiles as the website left a very tongue-in-cheek reference to the Terminator, which softened what is a very big shame!

The site reads:

Initiating Self Destruct

This is it. We are shutting down isoHunt services a little early. I'm told there was this Internet archival team that wants to make historical copy of our .torrent files, I'm honoured that people think our site is worthy of historical preservation. But the truth is about 95% of those .torrent files can be found off Google regardless and mostly have been indexed from other BitTorrent sites in the first place. So I might as well do a proper send-off to you dear isoHunt users, before final shutdown sequence on Tuesday. It's been an adventure in the last 10.5 years working on isoHunt, a privilege working with some of the smartest guys I've worked with, and my life won't be the same without this journey. For what I'm working on next, please look up my blog on Google and follow me there. Because as the Terminator would say with a German accent,

I'll be backkk.

- Gary Fung

With a link to this video at the bottom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvGyS5j9aFY

Author: Dean Williams

I'm a Web Developer, Graphics Designer and Gamer, this is my personal site which provides PHP programming advice, hints and tips

  • Rob

    This is the way of what the bigbrother wants he watches us everywhere soon masturbation will be illegal lol. They already tell us what we can and can't do on almost everything soon the revolution will start when it does show them no mercy at all. As they say Eat the rich they have no other use lol. Isohunt will be missed

  • Yeah the owner is Gary Fung and he has to pay $110M within 7 days of the court order. SUCKS.