MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) seem to have won a major victory against the file sharing community with TorrentSpy and ISOHunt, both deciding to filter copyrighted content from their search engines. This means that MPAA associated movies and RIAA associated albums will NOT be available in the above mentioned sites. Both sites have stated that they will be using filerights software to automatically filter blocked content. This will definitely be bad news for the vast majority who used to download movies and albums through the above mentioned sites. But is it really all over? We don't think so.
Meanwhile Demonoid.com, which is another reputed and reliable private tracker created by an anonymous Yugoslavian (nicknamed 'Deimos'), has also come under fire. Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN has filed a lawsuit against its ISP and Demonoid.com now displays 'hardware crash - offline' message. Although the message indicates hardware problems, it is widely believed that is site is moving to a safe heaven to avoid legal trouble. We can expect the site to be back up within a few days.
TorrentSpy, Demonoid and ISOHunt are not the only bittorrent indexes/trackers out there. But they were among some of the best out there and their change is definitely a big blow for the Bittorrent community. However, there are hundreds of new trackers coming online every month. The largest bit torrent tracker in the world, ThePirateBay, is still online amidst a shitload of lawsuits and legal threats against them. In fact, Brokep from ThePirateBay has flamed filerights.com in his blog and has sworn to keep building sites like TPB and Bay IMG (censor free image sharing site) and to help out some of the newer/smaller trackers.
You can find a comprehensive list of Bit Torrent trackers/indexes here. (in fact the list contains over 250 sites)
Down with MPAA/RIAA and all it's kissass supporters. Go Pirates!