Studios Win Suit Against TorrentSpy

Site allows users abroad to find, download films
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 11:41 AM CST
Bulgarian Bit Torrent users takes part in a protest in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Saturday, March, 24, 2007. Bit Torrent users gathered to protest on Saturday against closing down of Bulgarias largest...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A federal judge has put an early end to a copyright infringement trial, finding online file-sharing service liable for movie piracy. In a victory for Paramount Pictures and other film studios, the Los Angeles court ruled that the operators of TorrentSpy destroyed evidence and made false statements under oath, the Wall Street Journal reports.

TorrentSpy, a site with LA-based management and Amsterdam-based servers, runs one of the Web's largest torrent trackers, helping people track down movies and other material to download. TorrentSpy's search features are closed off to US Web surfers but can be accessed easily from abroad. The court will rule later on the dollar value of damages.