Last week we reported on the imminent shuttering of isoHunt, which accepted a judgment that it would pay movie studios $110 million as the result of a lawsuit.
On Monday, the site suddenly shut itself down. This closure wasn’t scheduled to actually begin until Tuesday evening, so why the sooner timeframe?
The site’s founder, Gary Fung, said isoHunt wanted to avoid being archived by Archiveteam, a group of archivists that were behind the "Aaron Swartz Memorial JSTOR Liberator” and the digital archive of Geocities. As Fung wrote on isoHunt:
This is it. We are shutting down isoHunt services a little early. I'm told there was this Internet archival team that wants to make historical copy of our .torrent files, I'm honored that people think our site is worthy of historical preservation. But the truth is about 95 percent of those .torrent files can be found off Google regardless and mostly have been indexed from other BitTorrent sites in the first place. So I might as well do a proper send-off to you dear isoHunt users, before final shutdown sequence on Tuesday. It's been an adventure in the last 10.5 years working on isoHunt, a privilege working with some of the smartest guys I've worked with, and my life won't be the same without this journey. For what I'm working on next, please look up my blog on Google and follow me there. Because as the Terminator would say with a German accent, “I’ll be baaaack.”
Jason Scott, of Archiveteam, did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. A historic record of the isoHunt itself (minus the torrent files) is already on archive.org.