The FBI is took a break from hunting for Osama Bin Ladin and shut down the bit torrent tracker Elite Torrents on Wednesday. The FBI press release points out the recently released film Revenge of the Sith was available for download on Elite Torrents only hours after the movie opened. The FBI stated that online file sharing is akin to stealing, and jobs could be at risk due to online “theft.” In other news, Revenge of the Sith broke multiple box office records, taking in US$303 million worldwide in the first four days the film opened.
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The MPAA struck again yesterday, this time announcing they plan to sue six bit torrent trackers which specialized in television content. However, overall availability of last night’s TV content was only slightly affected, with users being forced to find other outlets. The MPAA also touted a decrease in bit torrent network traffic since their December attacks on movie trackers, although most users actually report an increase in traffic since that time.
The file sharing community is reacting with outrage, pointing out that TV is fundamentally different from movies and music; many of the shows are already available to them via their paid television subscription or simple TV antenna.
Read more over at Slyck news.