Torrent search engine BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down

By on February 6, 2012, 11:00 AM

BTJunkie, one of the top five BitTorrent search engines, has decided to close its doors voluntarily after 7 years in operation. The move comes amid growing pressure from authorities in the U.S. and elsewhere, who recently took legal action against MegaUpload and scored a court victory against The Pirate Bay's founders. BTJunkie was never the target of direct legal action but apparently the site's operators wanted to get out while they still could.

The site had been running for the past seven years and at one point boasted at least 80 million users. According to TorrentFreak, both the RIAA and MPAA listed the torrent index as a ‘rogue’ site that facilitated mass copyright infringement, while Google added it to its search blacklist in November last year, preventing the site from appearing on its Instant and Autocomplete search features.

In its farewell message posted over the weekend BTJunkie wrote:

This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. We’ve been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it’s time to move on. It’s been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!

BTJunkie isn't the first file-sharing site to voluntarily cease or limit operations following the MegaUpload raid. FileSonic and FileServe both disabled their file sharing features, only allowing users to download files from their personal accounts, while QuickSilverScreen closed its doors and Uploaded.to locked out U.S. visitors.




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Guest said:

Wow, the end of an era

jester376 said:

indeed, as far I'm concerned the U.S. authorities can go blow themselves.

JohnnyNonStop said:

Hollywood can go blow big corporations........they're just pissing on our constitution.....

jester376 said:

johnnynonstop said:

Hollywood can go blow big corporations........they're just pissing on our constitution.....

You know something tells me this whole SOPA/PIPA/ACTA was just a diversion for authorities to shut down all the major torrent engines or scare them in them into shutting down.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

That's unfortunate, guess I'll go back to reading for entertainment.

ramonsterns said:

tekkaraiden said:

That's unfortunate, guess I'll go back to reading for entertainment.

Guess I'll go back to being a terrorist, using online chats and caring about my privacy. I will further fight the infidel scum by purchasing a second phone!

Hahaha!

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

RIP good buddy. You will be missed.

Guest said:

Wow, that sucks hard

yRaz yRaz said:

reminds me of when supernova.org went down...

ikesmasher said:

yRaz said:

reminds me of when supernova.org when down...

i had completely forgotten about supernova...haha

Guest said:

Cmon people...end of an era....

USENET!!!

Guest said:

Well if it is about Regulations than it should be public participating as pay-to-peer or so..

Regards, Nik

Guest said:

Rule 1 about Usenet - Don't talk about Usenet.

R.I.P. Supernova :( I miss you.

Guest said:

lol, i hate it as much as the next downloader, but come on, you can't be mad or surprised that shutting down piracy was a long-time-coming. surprised it went this long already, miss all the free porn though...

Guest said:

@Guest: If you can't find free porn, then you're using the internet wrong.

jester376 said:

Guest said:

@Guest: If you can't find free porn, then you're using the internet wrong.

Amen. lol

Guest said:

It's sad to see BTJunkie and MegaUpload go, but I still find whatever torrents I need. I use TorrentRover and love it.

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