File-sharing sites across the internet have witnessed a takedown of record-breaking proportions, as Google was asked to remove 200m “pirate” links from its search listing in 2013. This is four times the amount that Google removed last year, with the main perpetrators being US and UK record industry trade bodies RIAA and BPI. According to TorrentFreak’s report, Google was asked to remove links from 295,726 domains by 29,434 copyright holders. Despite Google’s seemingly intense action (with over eight links a second being removed), copyright associations like the MPAA have gone on to call out the search engine giant for not doing enough to halt piracy.
On the other hand, the files-sharing sites can claim some victory. The notorious BitTorrent search engine Isohunt, which was taken down a few weeks ago, is back online – or at least its clone is. A group unaffiliated with the original site and founder Gary Fung has even gone as far to include the trademark blue interface and logo. Whilst the site’s forum, user profiles and comments are inactive, Isohunt.to is otherwise an exact replica of its predecessor. “IsoHunt can definitely be called a filesharing icon,” explained a member of the anonymous group behind the resurrection. “People got used to it and they don’t want to simply let it go.”
It is still unclear what the legal consequences will be. For now, diehard Isohunt fans can enjoy their favorite search engine once more.