BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

Summary: BTjunkie has now joined the ranks of the fallen torrent search websites.

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BTjunkie, a popular search engine for .torrent files, has been 'voluntarily' shut down by its founder after 7 years in operation.

The service had managed to avoid legal action up to this point -- but how long this would have lasted we will never know. The Megaupload saga and continual clampdowns by U.S. authorities forcing sites to close on the grounds of copyright infringement or illegal streaming was the catalyst for the closure, and there's no knowing which file-sharing or storage service will be next.

However, it's unlikely that BTjunkie will be the last website to close its doors before federal police come knocking.

According to TorrentFreak, BTjunkie's founder said that the legal actions against other file-sharing sites such as MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay influenced the decision to close, before it to ended up before the court. However, BTjunkie's owner still believes there could be a future for other BitTorrent sites.

"I really do hope so, the war is far from over for sure," he said.

In a message of farewell, BTjunkie writes:

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 ranks the 390th most popular website in the world. For comparative reasons, the Pirate Bay currently holds the 70th place. It is not known whether the operators of BTjunkie are going ahead with complete closure of the search facility, or whether it will take the route of sites such as the Pirate Bay and provide a decentralized service using magnet link technology.

After viewing the farewell message, however, it seems likely that BTjunkies will have to shift to another indexing site for their fix.

Image credit: BTjunkie

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  • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

    *beats head with fists!*
    WHYYY!?? GOD, WHY YOU DO THIS!?!?
    BlackIceWolfThunder
    • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

      @BlackIceWolfThunder - The US has served notice, sites across the world who have made money on filesharing are targets first, but even "community" websites that were non-profit or part-time are going to be hit too. Some may choose to operate in those few countries that do not dance to US police pressure, but a lot will just disappear into the ether.
      terry flores
      • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

        @terry flores All while Google copies millions of books from around the world without permission and without interference.<br><br>Anyway the suppression of open torrent sites will simply lead to means that are either underground or regionalised, so much so that Media companies will simply not be able to cope with attacks on the distributors.<br><br>Also consider that many will not want the internet if you have to pay for the connection and then every site you visit is like looking though a busin$$ telephone directory.
        e8hffff
      • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

        @terry flores

        Exactly what he said. I relish the day the internet crumbles to dust and becomes, even more of a glorified 'Yellow Pages'. It's nothing to me.

        I miss actually talking to people.
        BlackIceWolfThunder
  • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

    Had one of the better search routines of the torrent sites. I never really liked their way they displayed the torrents though. They did improve near the end on date display.

    Now people will be looking around for the hottest site to get their torrents from.
    e8hffff
  • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

    RIP Bt Junkie I will miss you! I have been with you from the start you are still my favorite torrent site :(
    Adgti
  • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

    People can be innovative when they are forced into it. I have no doubt that some other file/link sharing mechanism is going to come out of this. And I'm sure that Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes will play some part in it, they are very convenient platforms for developing new systems unintended by the original owners!

    Looking back at Napster, Limewire, Torrents, and search sites, it becomes obvious that there is a tipping point: once the system becomes "easy to use," it also becomes easy for police and the media cartels to monitor and act against. "User friendly" is a condition that actually works against them!
    terry flores
    • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

      @terry flores True dat. Greed is the mother of invention, as they say.
      BlackIceWolfThunder
  • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

    I am afraid to comment.
    moheganer2
    • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

      @moheganer2 Flagged.
      >:(
      BlackIceWolfThunder
    • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

      @moheganer2 Flagged.
      >:(
      BlackIceWolfThunder
    • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

      @moheganer2 Flagged
      >:(
      BlackIceWolfThunder
  • RE: BTjunkie closes its doors 'voluntarily'

    Well! 'HITLER' is on the rise in the USA, Taking our freedom a bit at a time,
    Be Prepaired It's going to get bad very soon, Divided we fall.
    blue0015
  • i forgot what i was rambling on about.

    America thinks it can bring down our internet? every hacker in the world will take umbrage. the cyberwar in the middle east will temporarily turn to us, (thanks.) nothing is immune from hackers, foreign or domestic. how stupid have we been? how do we stop the 400+- people responsible for this? hack the shit out of them? (hmmm, i can't, rats. oh, and i don't condone such illegal activities.) i'll probably be renditioned for this, but those actually running the world just don't understand that WE CAN take them down, it is our DUTY to take them down - our votes count for shit anyway. anyone catch that congressman on tv voting for people that weren't there? (it's against the law, in case you don't know.) HOW CAN THAT BE? it's on TV! do you think we didn't see it? if this was real life, he would have been responsible for the recounts of every vote he's made since he was voted in. sorry, didn't catch his name, but it really doesn't matter, does it?

    there is nothing worse to me than sounding like a conspiracy theorist, yet, here i go...
    annamouse