Popular Bittorrent site BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down after feeling the pressure from the recent shut down of popular file sharing site MegaUpload, and Piratebay legal action. This comes two weeks after sites FileSonic and FileServe also disabled file-sharing capabilities and restricted downloading to files uploaded to the user’s own accounts.
The BTjunkie posted the following statement: “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!”
The RIAA have released a statement on their blog about the recent MegaUpload arrests, and downing of the popular file sharing company’s site. They go on to speak about how it was dodgy practices by the site’s owners that eventually led to its downfall, and that shutting sites involved with piracy will lead to people switching over to legal services, as an example with the closure of LimeWire in 2010.
History would say otherwise, as usually one file sharing medium gets wiped out, another one always takes its place.