BTjunkie, one of the most popular homes for torrent files on the Internet, has decided to call it a day and shut itself down.
BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing system best known for its use in pirating copyrighted materials, has lost one of its most popular homes today. Following the shut down of Megaupload, many sites that trade in copyright protected files have been implementing changes, but BTjunkie opted to completely close up shop. visitors to the site now find a message that states:
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!
While it does not specifically mention the Megaupload situation, the owner of the site spoke to TorrentFreak and stated that the legal issues they saw sites like Megaupload and The Pirate Bay encountering had definitely played a factor in their decision making process.
BTjunkie had actually made it since its debut in 2005 without ever being involved in a takedown of sites, and the closure today was entirely voluntary. This does say something for the Megaupload takedown as obviously the authorities have sent a message to a lot of sites that they are no longer going to play around when it comes to copyright infringement. It will be interesting to see if any more sites decide to bow out of their own accord in the coming weeks and months.