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Feb 9 2012   3:30PM GMT

The Empire Strikes again: BTJunkie voluntarily shuts down after MegaUpload Arrests

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

The search engine and file-sharing site, BTJunkie, is voluntarily shutting down its website following the recent shut down of MegaUpload.com and the arrest of its founder, Kim Dotcom.

BTJunkie issued a statement on their website saying goodbye to their users and proclaiming the move was voluntary.  “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!”

With file-sharing sites already looking over their shoulders, BTJunkie decided enough is enough and needed to make a major change.

After seeing this, the major question becomes: How much longer will file sharing be able to last?

Several other sites have been scared off: QuickSilverScreen has shut down and FileSonic and FileServe has restricted themselves to files members have uploaded themselves.

Even though BTJunkie didn’t host files for download, the website allowed users to download them from others and quickly became one of the top file sharing websites in the world.

In the recent months, we have seen illegal downloading and online piracy become an issue across the world.  Leading the charge was SOPA/PIPA followed by Kim Dotcom’s arrest.  It seems to me the damage has been done: File sharing sites are now on notices and much more carefully watching where they tread.

Michael Tidmarsh is the Assistant Community Editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. He can be reached at mtidmarsh@techtarget.com.

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