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Feds Shut Down Elite Torrents

samzenpus posted more than 8 years ago | from the stop-sharing dept.

The Internet 738

honkimon writes "Cnn Money reports, "Government agents said the onslaught included 10 search warrants and the shut down of a central Web site used to coordinate all file-sharing activity on the Elite Torrents network. That Web site, Elitetorrents.org, had a selection of copyrighted works that government officials described as virtually unlimited.""

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738 comments

Department of Homeland Security was involved? (5, Funny)

SoCalChris (573049) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639073)

I take it those dirty terrorists were trading copies of Star Wars again?

I definately feel safer knowing that DHS is tackling major problems like downloading movies.

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639103)

maybe they misread it as Elite Terrorists??

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (5, Funny)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639112)

If we don't protect the few people at the very top of society so that they can continue to rip off the common folk to make billions upon billions of dollars in profits, then by God, the America I know no longer exists. ( disclaimer: I'm a Canadian so I'm biased. )

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (4, Funny)

gordon_schumway (154192) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639182)

You missed the punchline, dude.

If we don't protect the few people at the very top of society so that they can continue to rip off the common folk to make billions upon billions of dollars in profits, then by God, the terrorists have already won!

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (2, Insightful)

incom (570967) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639124)

You joke, but most people don't even blink about this misuse of terrorist fighting powers. I swear lobotomies are being covertly administered VERY frequently or something.

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (3, Interesting)

Morlark (814687) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639169)

Yes, it's been said many times, both here and elsewhere, but US government agencies are getting uesd to having these 'anti-terrorist' powers, and they seem perfectly happy to apply them to situations where they really shouldn't be applied.

Most people don't know any better... (5, Insightful)

Marnhinn (310256) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639233)

True - to most people this isn't a misuse of terrorist fighting powers, but then again most people don't know what a torrent even is.

Average Joe American, is not savvy / educated enough to understand the mechanics of torrents, Hollywood (for instance that - Star Wars was an insider leak) or that this is a misuse of the DoH's resources. To them, pirates, downloaders and terrorists are one and the same.

Why? Because somewhere along the last couple of decades, peoples' knowledge of their own laws, (especially laws involving quickly changing technology) took a significant downturn. Simply try asking people on the street about the USAPatriot Act or the DMCA. Most - know nothing. Some may have a different perception of the act due to propaganda and only a few will care about it.

Unless it is directly affecting the person, it's not important to them for the most part...

Democracies, in order to be effective, require active and INFORMED citizens - something that is slowly dissappearing (for a multitude of reasons).

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639259)

Terrorist fighting powers - funny! You didn't read the article, did you?

It was immigration and customs, by the way, and nobody but the magoo who started this thread made any connection to terrorism. What a bunch of lemmings.

In Soviet Russia... (1)

I'm not a script, da (638454) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639127)

...a long beach looks for something in you!

Terrorent (5, Interesting)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639163)

I suggest a new word:

Terrorent: A terrorist who uses bittorrent to illegally distribute American Freedom ©.

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639210)

You ought to be an editor on /.! You can write misleading headlines and inaccurate summaries, too!

It was Immigration and Customs. Man, for a site full of anal-retentive pedants, you guys sure can be general to skew things the way that you want them to go...and you thought that conservatives were bad...

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (2, Interesting)

SoCalChris (573049) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639236)

Look at EliteTorrents.org [elitetorrents.org] . The big logos on the top of the page is the FBI & DHS. The article says Immigration & Customs, but the page itself has a big DHS logo on it. I doubt they would put their logo on there if they weren't involved.

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (3, Informative)

JustOK (667959) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639270)

ICE is just the tip of the glacier that is DHS. Its like a business unit or something.

Santa Claus was the first through the door w/ m16? (0, Redundant)

Em Ellel (523581) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639242)

I take it those dirty terrorists were trading copies of Star Wars again?

I definately feel safer knowing that DHS is tackling major problems like downloading movies.


Erm, where exactly does it say DHS was involved? Article said FBI and US Customs Enforcement - which seems proper given the situation. Unless I missed something?

-Em

Re:Santa Claus was the first through the door w/ m (0, Redundant)

Em Ellel (523581) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639282)

To answer my own question - while they do not say anything in the article, there is a huge honking DHS logo on the elite site. I guess US immigration adn Customs are now under DHS

-Em

Re:Santa Claus was the first through the door w/ m (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639286)

Well, Customs is under the umbrella of the DHS. And on /., there's a conspiracy under every rock and around every corner, so if it's an agency connected to the DHS, then it's clearly a misuse of terrorist fighting powers.

Lemmings, follow me! Over the cliff we go!

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (4, Interesting)

johnhennessy (94737) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639257)

Not wanting to appear to side the RIAA and the MPAA but with the amounts of money involved its not surprising that the law is after these sites.

But you can be sure it's not because of terrorism.

How much of California's income comes from the film industry and the industry that services it.

At this stage, the movie studios are nearly nothing more than specialised banks (do I get credit for quoting Neal Stephenson !) - and with the vast sums of money involved, its not surprising that the law appears to re-act quicker.

But the law folks need a semi-genuine excuse to pursue these cases without alienating the public.

For example, if their line was "Yeah, well we need to help the movie industry backers get richer" - how many people would be taken to their cause. As a matter of spite, people would swing the other way - anything to go "get the system".

In Britain, before the motto for pursuing these sites and pirates was "to fight terrorism" it was "to fight organised crime".

In the end, it's all down to money, and in the movie business there's loads of it floating around.

Every wonder how dangerous driving in some countries can only incur a penalty of a few hundred dollars/euros (if you are really unlucky) while recording a film in a cinema (which I don't condone) can incur an _unlimited_ penalty where I come from.

Re:Department of Homeland Security was involved? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639266)

The DHS is basically a blanket that covers many many agencies, ties them together if you will. It's really quite rediclious that an administration that says it's in favor of less government, and less taxes can turn around and create another level of bureaucracy as big as this one, and apparently still have support of the people. And if one is being pessimistic, it sounds quite a bit like some of the stuff that was happening around 1933 in Germany.

It's insane, but DHS has even gone so far to block the import of Rubix-like cubes, under the pretense that they're patented, which they were, but the patent is since run it's course. Sounds like the Flu.

You haven't seen... (1)

Wrexs0ul (515885) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639281)

You haven't seen the WMD that site was carrying, the sheer destructive force of bombs like this [imdb.com] or this [imdb.com] could bring the country to its knees. Only a preemptive strike prevents further damage from the radiating disease following these around.

-Matt

fpppp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639075)

yes?

Re:fpppp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639111)

it -- what you fail

Firstus Postus (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639076)

Firstus Postus

Re:Firstus Postus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639157)

Ken Jennings: I'll take first posts for $1,000, Alex.

Alex: Fail it.

Ken Jennings: What is, what you do?

Alex: That's correct Ken, taking you to $43,200 in this round.

Shame. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639078)

Elitetorrents was one of the best tracker sites. Of course 2 more will fill that gap.

Damn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639079)

Damn

infinite? (5, Funny)

Travelsonic (870859) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639080)

I wonder if it is possible to have a near infinite number of copyrighted works available. I think it isn't.

Re:infinite? (1)

bryan986 (833912) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639100)

Government paperwork is basically unlimited, and apparently this site was feeding off of them

Actually it was... (3, Funny)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639115)

one less than infinite.

Re:infinite? (2, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639197)

I wonder if it is possible to have a near infinite number of copyrighted works available. I think it isn't.

What do you think those infinite number of monkeys are doing when not trying to bang out Shakespeare?

Re:infinite? (1)

Travelsonic (870859) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639235)

Isn't that a thousand monkies working on bananas?

Re:infinite? (1)

part_of_you (859291) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639208)

Dude, you got ripped. You should have got a +4 FUNNY AT LEAST!

Re:infinite? (1)

pg110404 (836120) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639212)

I wonder if it is possible to have a near infinite number of copyrighted works available

Sure it is. All you need is an infinite number of monkeys typing on an infinite number of keyboards.

For that matter, why not just get hardware based random number generators to produce endless streams of chars. Sooner or later, you'll get anything from the complete works of shakespeare to instructions on how to cure cancer or instructions to legally kick out the current administration.

Oh wait, never mind. You're talking about copyrighted works available. My bad.

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639082)

after the last article about bittorrent search had like 5-10 links modded up about this - but no thats not enough coverage! we must see it again!

story dupe of last stories comments?

Curses! (5, Funny)

funny-jack (741994) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639083)

Dangit guys, how come I only find out about these great torrent sources after they get shut down?

Re:Curses! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639117)

What made it great was that people like you didn't know about it. :)

Re:Curses! (1)

rackhamh (217889) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639216)

Because you're too busy refreshing Slashdot?

Re:Curses! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639221)

It was gay. I got booted because I had a ratio less than 1.0. There was a big thing on there saying "there is no reason why anyone should be under 1.0"

HELLO.

If everyone is over 1.0 that means there was more uploading done than downloading - ie IMPOSSIBLE!

oh the irony (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639086)

.....

---
Kim Kimando

fags (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639088)

fred durst is gay

In Soviet Russia... (1)

I'm not a script, da (638454) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639091)

...the sharing stops you!

good thing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639094)

good thing Bram's search just opened

Hahaha... (0, Redundant)

Emrikol (21551) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639104)

Your Rights Online: Feds Shut Down Elite Torrents Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday May 25, @06:08PM from the stop-sharing dept. honkimon writes "Cnn Money reports, "Government agents said the onslaught included 10 search warrants and the shut down of a central Web site used to coordinate all file-sharing activity on the Elite Torrents network. That Web site, Elitetorrents.org, had a selection of copyrighted works that government officials described as virtually unlimited."" ( Read More... | yro.slashdot.org ) Official BitTorrent Search Opens Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday May 25, @05:02PM from the escalating-arms-race dept. starrsoft writes "The official BitTorrent search has debuted. The search engine was built by BT inventor Bram Cohen. The question? Will he get sued? The BT search seems to be down right now. (It'll really be down after this story is posted...) Spiegel has more (En): "Naturally other sites such as Bitoogle, Isohunt, SuprNova or Torrentspy have tried before, but either they became fast a goal of legal attacks on the part of the industry or they furnished rather durchwachsene [??] results. BitTorrent search however proves with first tests [that it is] as...Google...fast. The results come from a large number [of] more well-known and unknown... sites, and...permits sufficient restricting to the inquiry, in order to obtain really relevant results."" ( Read More... | 151 comments ) That's just funny

Re:Hahaha... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639142)

FBI have a stop sharing department now? Damn how come we didn't learn that back in school. I guess from now on when our no kid at school will share anything and will get sue/shutdown if they did share anything.

Possible (2, Interesting)

excalibrax (646805) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639109)

was it even completely possible to have 10,000 coppies downloaded in 6 hours, Id love to see that kinda speed from my seeds

Re:Possible (1)

DeathFlame (839265) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639145)

Within 24 hours, more than 10,000 copies of the "Star Wars" film had been swiped.

I'd say reading skills need some work.

Re:Possible (1)

buckymatters (885912) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639156)

The sixth and final installment of the "Star Wars" franchise was available for downloading on Elitetorrents.org more than six hours before it was released on theaters Thursday after midnight, according to the government statement.

Within 24 hours, more than 10,000 copies of the "Star Wars" film had been swiped.

You must have read too fast.

Re:Possible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639160)

EliteTorrents.org had a dedicated team of 100 megabit seeders. There were five of them on that torrent. So yes, it is quite possible (although the actual article says 24 hours afterwards, but who's counting.)

Re:Possible (1)

NetNifty (796376) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639161)

Presumably that's an estimate of complete copies transferred using the tracker (not just from one seed). With enough people I'd say it's possible.

Re:Possible (1)

grub (11606) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639165)

EliteTorrents was FAST! My cable modem would be melting during the day when my neighbours were working and not using the local segment.

DISCLAIMER: downloading only legal things, of course.

Re:Possible (1)

Schumps (875743) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639249)

Doesnt necessarily mean 10,000 finished downloads, they might be referring to 10,000 users trying to retrieve the download.

I wonder if the users of Elitetorrents.org will actually get prosecuted. The RIAA has already filed lawsuits against people who shared music in the past, there is a definate possibility that the FBI will take even further action than the RIAA.

Think thats scary? The RIAA offered an amnesty program for people who shared music, but I bet that if the FBI does go through the trouble of actually prosecuting individuals, that those individuals will really have no means of escape other than pleading guilty.

Oh well, maybe we really are coming to an age where people just cant get away with things like this anymore.

Ugly site. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639114)

Damn.. the FBI needs some better web designer. The site looks like crap and could cause a seizure.

Re:Ugly site. (2, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639193)


Damn.. the FBI needs some better web designer. The site looks like crap and could cause a seizure.

It's probably the same person that designed slashdot's IT scheme [slashdot.org] .

Re:Ugly site. (1)

schweini (607711) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639275)

the fun thing is that it seems to have been generated with MS Word, and simply saved as HTML (take a look at the source). The feds (if they did that design) could at least have had the decency to use less screwed up [w3.org] HTML...

anybody care to explain what the "RTJKJAS" at the very end are supposed to mean?

Had copies? (5, Interesting)

Luigi30 (656867) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639123)

How can a bittorrent tracker have copies of something?

Unlimited? Really? (1)

TheOtherChimeraTwin (697085) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639128)

That Web site, Elitetorrents.org, had a selection of copyrighted works that government officials described as virtually unlimited.

OK, so did it have a copy of the latest Star Wars video [slashdot.org] ? You know, the raw, uncensored, hard-to-find one.

homeland security (2, Interesting)

Kpt Kill (649374) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639130)

Department of homeland security is now going after copyright infringment? What does RTJKJAS at the end of the page mean?

Re:homeland security (5, Informative)

TrappedByMyself (861094) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639225)

Homeland Security isn't 100% terrorism. When the department was created there was a reorganization of existing agencies. Immigration and Customs, which handles stuff like copyright enforcement and counterfeit items, was put under Homeland Security.

Hydra (4, Insightful)

1967mustangman (883255) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639133)

Bittorrnt is a hydra-headed deal. THey will never be able to lop off enough heads to make a difference. Torrenters will just adapt.

Re:Hydra (1)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639224)

Perhaps, but I think a few convictions that send people to actual PRISON would cause usage to drop greatly. Lawsuits are one thing. Hard time is another.

Re:Hydra (4, Insightful)

gosand (234100) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639298)

Torrenters dealing in illegal wares should be shut down. If more and more sites use it for legitimate uses, then Bittorrent will survive. If it is only used for illegal stuff, then there are better chances that it will be attacked.

So they shut down a site that was trading in illegal stuff. What is the big deal? (other than the fact that the feds are concerned with THIS and not so much things that really hurt human beings)

And this ended piracy for all time... (4, Insightful)

Pacifix (465793) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639136)

... The RIAA and MPAA heads can sleep easy tonight on their piles of money with their many beautiful women. Seriously, spend money on fixing the outdated media distribution channels and piracy will stop being worth it.

nah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639137)

"government officials described as 'virtually unlimited'"

I'd call it "rather durchwachsene"...

Footage (5, Funny)

asadodetira (664509) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639140)

Assuming there's video footage of the shutdown please someone post a torren... ...never mind

sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639223)

Here you go.

http://www.huuhaa.info/clip0035.avi.torrent [huuhaa.info]

Original at http://www.ice.gov/graphics/ [ice.gov]

Re:sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639254)

Damn, it seems to be down.

Well, it'll be on piratebay soon.. =)

Scorecard? (0, Offtopic)

Ochu (877326) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639146)

I wander if this whole thing is happening because of some pool that is going on in FBI HQ? We've all seen the thing: "Hey, Al, I bet my department can get more arrests than yours in the next five years!" "Oh, you are so taken, bitch!" As a side note, that would also explain why I have, in the last month, been called up no less than 14 times about a large bill on my credit card. Plasma costs, people!

RTJKJAS? (5, Interesting)

christose (866872) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639150)

What on earth is the hidden "RTJKJAS" that appears on the bottom of http://elitetorrents.org/ [elitetorrents.org] ?

I guess somebody didn't like the FBI and HS insignias... Is this an indication of HS abusing the power it gained after 9/11 ?

Re:RTJKJAS? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639209)

dude did you try clicking on it? i instantly got catapulled into a secret network of spy computers that had access to every mainframe all over the world!!!

then i had sex with sandra bullocks and my day was complete

Re:RTJKJAS? (2, Funny)

mpcooke3 (306161) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639262)

It's so sad. I saw those hidden chars and tried a few url variations before realising that in fact I wasn't sandra bullock.

Re:RTJKJAS? (1)

dame4jc (811440) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639271)

Wait, wait, wait. Lemme get this straight. FBI & DHS use Microsoft crap to build webpages? You'd think they could either afford a better web development suite, or at least grab Dreamweaver off a torrent before they shutdown a site...

Re:RTJKJAS? (1)

zicherd (824349) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639273)

Is that horrendous red page really using almost 300 lines of HTML code? And what is with all of the microsoft links in there?? Is using Frontpage and making the page red supposed to make us not want to use Bittorrent? I guess I will uninstall my client right away! NOT

Re:RTJKJAS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639289)

This "shutdown" is just like the "shutdown" of lokitorrent. I bet the fbi/cia/nsa/riaa/mpaa didn't even know about it until someone reported it. Of course, they won't mind taking the credit.

Those fbi web people make nice web pages on short notice, don't they?

RTKJAS

Whatever... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639152)

I guess someone just doesn't realize that all of these actions are futile. Technology was what let people record, copy and distribute the same works copyrights were created to protect. It merely stands to reason that as technology improved, so did the ease of copying and distributing, eventually leading to what is now a complete banalization of such actions. They can continue fighting it, but they will lose.

Anyway, a few hundred years from now, people will look upon the "entertainment industy" of today and laugh. How silly. A temporal fluke created by primitive technology. An economic opportunity, but one, like most, which wasn't permanent.

Hmm.. (1)

thegamerformelyknown (868463) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639159)

Did this come with other site take downs?
Another download site (http://phazeddl.com/ [phazeddl.com] ) has disappeared in the last week as well.

We don't need no steenkeng warrants (2, Funny)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639162)

We're From Homeland Insecurity!

All Your Torrents Are Belong To Disney!

This is treason on the part of our govt (0, Troll)

Cryofan (194126) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639166)

These agents and their bosses should be tried in a court of law for treason, and if convicted, sentenced to the harshest punishment allowed by law.

THis action is nothing more than fascism, i.e., the corporate takeover of government. The corporations are our country's greatest enemy, and this action is nothing more than treason.

Re:This is treason on the part of our govt (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639239)

Er, you want them tried in a court of law for... enforcing the law? Ooooookay.

If you don't like the laws, then work for change, but it's just stupid to blame law enforcement for doing what they're supposed to do.

And please learn what "fascism" and "treason" actually mean before you go throwing the words around.

nothing more than? (1)

C10H14N2 (640033) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639263)

Surely, you mean LESS than. I mean, oh pish, it's MERELY fascism, hon. Nothing to get riled up about... ;P

That said... well...

Anyone who really believes that this is just about distribution models, erm, I do hope you don't mind product-placement deals that make those of Austin Powers movies look subtle.

Star Wars 3 Linked To? (2, Funny)

osewa77 (603622) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639171)

May be linked to the Release of Star Wars 3, any action against movie download sites at this time could be. Very great the financial impact of piracy on this particular film could be, therefore criticize the Feds for doing this now, we cannot. Open source principles on Open source movies should be applied. A commercial movie Star Wars is, and benefit from the Piracy is cannot, because knows about it everyone does already.

How long before (2, Interesting)

ShatteredDream (636520) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639174)

They bust hundreds or even thousands of users and take this to Congress to justify funding and manpower increases? This could be a big profile bust and they're going to exploit it to their advantage.

Damn (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639175)

And i found out late as allways. I didnt know about this "unlimited" torrent site....

Buah

Title of the post should have been: (3, Insightful)

pjammer (90700) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639177)

OMFG! 5-0 PNWS L33T T0RRNTZ! LOL!!!

Perhaps they should have been using an artifical intelligence content-authoring program [autoblogger.net] ?

Thanks, DHS! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639184)

Because no one wants those terrorists to learn how to build light sabers!

Your tax dollars at work.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639194)

.. helping Hollywood profits.

Notice how the whole thing is sold as protecting the latest Star Wars? Check the videoclip at ice.gov and note how they show someone watching A MOVIE TRAILER SHOWN ON TV and finding an ep3 WORKPRINT RELEASED BY A STARVING ARTIST.

http://img178.echo.cx/img178/8914/capture4bf.jpg [img178.echo.cx]

Also nice to see how the government produced clip is made to imply much higher video quality for the workprint by using a digital broadcast rip.

It seems unreal... (5, Insightful)

jZnat (793348) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639198)

Why the FUCK would the FBI (who's purpose is to prevent communism) even get involved in copyright infringement? This seems to be in the **AAs' field to send cease and desist letters, or even the FTC to step in and bitch at ET, but not the FBI...

Re:It seems unreal... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639226)

Dunno how it works in the US, but here in the UK I believe if the "cost" of infringement is over a certain amount it becomes criminal instead of a civil dispute. Maybe the US has the same thing.

Re:It seems unreal... (2, Funny)

jumbledInTheHead (837677) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639287)

Because when you download movies and music, your downloading communism. A friendly reminder from the RIAA and MPAA.

Elite Torrents? (1)

jd (1658) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639200)

Maybe it wasn't the Government, this time - maybe it was The Thargons!! Those nasty insectoids get everywhere, and it would be hard to tell the difference unless you count the scales. Either that, or maybe it's Brabben, trying to get at poor Ian again.

To quote the 'swiped' Star Wars... (1)

darth_MALL (657218) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639203)

"So this is how liberty dies..."

No. (0, Offtopic)

Oldest European (886715) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639211)

From the biased article:
Government shuts down Web site used to steal "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith."

It's called distribution not stealing.

seems to be fake (3, Interesting)

ChoGGi (522069) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639220)

from the irc channel

SithLord changes topic to 'Site Status : Down : ET Was DNS Hacked'
ET thanks everyone for there patience ... we are trying to get ionfo as fast as we can
info*

also at the bottom of the page it says RTJKJAS

Bit 'O Help, Please! (1)

Jerivix (805309) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639234)

For those of us poor and uninformed monkeys who have never heard of elitetorrents, can someone please shed some light on how good the database was?

I know that nobody around here would ever download anything, but maybe somebody just took a quick "peek" or two. Or two hundred.

The Cost of Idiocy (5, Insightful)

CristalShandaLear (762536) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639241)

Movie Tickets in my area $9.50
Amount of downloads: Aprox 10,000
Amount Star Wars grossed in just the first weekend: $158.5 million

I suppose that somehow, somewhere that extra $95,000 that they may or may not have made anyway is worth all this.

I'd bet that 9K out of the 10K downloaders actually paid to see the movie anyway.

Look at the Source code!!! (1)

beatnitup (616700) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639243)

xmlns:v="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml"
xmlns:o=" urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"
xmlns:w= "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:word"
xmlns:st1 ="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smartt ags"

i can't believe they used microsoft word to create the site!

We tried working with Elite Torrents... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639265)

An employee suggested to me that we use Elite Torrents for few offices here as an evaluation. I was skeptical at first but he explained the benefits of using ET instead of buying software. So I decided to let him install the bittorrent (Azurus I think) into 5 offices to see how the employees got on. Besides, our IT manager had been using BT in his office and it seemed to work fine, why not try it on the client offices?

Once he'd got the handhelds up and running with Azurus we let the users try it out. It all seemed fine to start with: Elite Torrents was a pretty good replacement for buying commericial software (not to mention cheaper) and the users could still do their work as normal.

Alas it did not stay that way. After a few days, I had lost count of the number of complaints received from the MPAA, RIAA and Department of Homeland Security. Users could not find things they were used to (like Windows Update) or tasks they could not perform that they previously could with registered software. The constant harrasment by the Feds became more of a day job than my own. The final straw came when one employee lost several hours work when the Azurus suddenly had an error reading from our intranet site and corrupted his pirated software.

Needless to say, the Elite Torrent team offered no support whatsoever. I made the employee remove the Azurus from the offices and lets just say he's not with us anymore.

Protect the users! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12639276)

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

Can these trackers PLEASE stop asking for a real email address?! You know every time the feds grab one, they immediately get all the members' REAL emails.

pwn3d (1)

d_jedi (773213) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639293)

Now, they just need to get the logs, and prosecute all of the thieves (or "copyright infringers", if that helps you sleep better at night).

elitetorrent.org shutdown? not! (1)

zerodevide (249949) | more than 8 years ago | (#12639297)

Looks more like a DNS hack - follow the clues
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