Isohunt.com, one of the most popular BitTorrent search engines was taken offline by its ISP. The takedown is most likely related to the lawsuit initiated by the MPAA last year.
February 2006 the MPAA announced lawsuits (PDF) against Torrentspy, Torrentbox and Isohunt, three of the most popular BitTorrent search engines. Isohunt owner Gary later told TorrentFreak that they will not bow down to the MPAA. Isohunt hired a top-notch lawyer, specialized in Internet copyrights, and teamed up with Torrentbox.
However, on Isohunt.com and their sister sites Torrentbox.com and Podtropolis.com we now read, “Lawyers from our primary ISP decided to pull our plug without any advance notice, as of 14:45 PST. No doubt related to our lawsuit brought by the MPAA, but we don’t have more information at this time until people responsible comes to work tomorrow. We will be back in operation once we sort out this mess with our current ISP, or we get new hardware ready at our new ISP.”
It is unknown why Isohunt’s ISP made this move, almost a year after the lawsuit was announced. Whatever their reasons maye be, it seems that the Isohunt.com team will not back down that easily. A backup of the site is ready to go online as soon as Isohunt finds a new ISP.