It’s the end of an era. Bittorrent’s third most popular search engine Isohunt has agreed to close and in turn pay the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) $110 million, thereby ending a long-drawn out legal battle. Founder Gary Fung is to shut down the website by 23 October under the auspices of the settlement, the roots of which are in February 2006 when the MPAA claimed it would sue Isohunt for copyright infringement. With a formal court battle looming, it quickly became apparent that Fung and Isohunt were certain to lose, and that a settlement was the best way forward.
This is the latest victory for copyright industries like the MPAA, who have already managed to sites like MegaUpload closed, and are constantly fighting others like PirateBay. The latter has managed to get around numerous shutdowns and injunctions by moving their servers from one country to the next. How long it will last – with Isohunt’s untimely end in mind – we have yet to find out.