Wednesday, June 01, 2005
EliteTorrents.org shut down by the FBI
Possibly the biggest torrent site on the web, EliteTorrents.org was shut down by the FBI. EliteTorrents had the movie 'Star Wars' posted on their site six hours before its official release. The FBI says that 10,000 downloads of the movie took place in those six hours.
Click here to see the official message posteb by the FBI on the EliteTorrents website.
MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) says Hollywood loses 3.5 billion dollars every year due to illegal downloads, mostly through torrent sites and P2P sharing networks.
Torrent sites have escaped the clutches of the FBI so far, since they argue that the files are not actually posted on their site