Ever notice that when someone says “I hate to say ‘I told you so,’ but…” they really don’t? I mean, if they really hated to say “I told you so,” they could just keep their big mouth shut and not say a darned thing, right? You just know they’re gloating on the inside.
Well, I hate to say “I told you so,” but LokiTorrent has finally gone under. That’s right, that BitTorrent site that was requesting donations for a legal fund to Fight the Man? As found on Slashdot and on BoingBoing (I’m such a Technorati trackback whore), it just gave up the fight; if you click the LokiTorrent link now, you get to see the MPAA’s sneering “You can click but you can’t hide” notice.
(Oddly enough, BoingBoing seems to be more indignant about that notice than any other part of it. “Many Boing Boing readers wrote in today to express dismay at the MPAA’s decision to replace shuttered filesharing sites with their own content. Reader Brad Clarke says, ‘Taking down a site is one thing but putting up their own content has GOT to be illegal. He’s to hoping they finally went too far.'” Uhm, guys, they were probably awarded ownership of the domain name as part of the settlement. If it’s theirs, they can put whatever they want to on it.)
The owner of the site has been under scrutiny since news circulated that the site was put up for sale. Webber later claimed this was just an experiment to find out just how much the site would be worth to somebody. However an experiment like this seems like the wrong kind of experiment to try when you are asking for donations in the first place.
The MPAA is claiming in its press release that the site’s operator “by Court Order must provide the MPAA with access to and copies of all logs and server data related to his illegal BitTorrent activities, which will provide a roadmap to others who have used LokiTorrent to engage in illegal activities.”
One would think that the site admin would have to have been pretty dumb to keep logs of BitTorrent activity, given the likelihood they could be subpoenaed. Heck, the EFF recently came out with a tool to help sysadmins track down and delete logs on their servers so they couldn’t be subpoenaed. But then, you’d have to be pretty dumb to run an IP-swapping site from American shores in the current climate to begin with, let alone think you could pull a David-and-Goliath act with donations once it came to the MPAA’s attention. And then putting the domain name up for sale during all this would seem to be the crowning stupidity. So I wouldn’t bet the farm on this guy’s brainpower; seems he was just dumb enough to legally darwin himself. I feel sorry for the people who were regular hosts of ‘torrents through this site, though. I would expect the larger ones to start getting a knock on the door pretty soon.