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posted by tom / May 27, 2005 /

EliteTorrents.org, a site I've referred to in previous posts, has been taken down by the FBI and Customs. Coverage here. The notice on the ET site makes it sound like they'll be using ET's database to go after users. Ouch. I'm not too worried; the last time I even visited the ET website was months ago. Still, this highlights the inherent danger of ratio-maintaining torrent communities: tracking ratios means keeping records, and records can be seized.

Maybe more to the point, though, is that some believe this action is a response to ET's posting of a DVD workprint of the new Star Wars movie 6 hours before it hit theaters. I've got some doubts about the timetable necessary for that to be true -- but who knows? Maybe it was the nail in their coffin.

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