Lokitorrent’s owner Ed Webber decided to fight the MPAA, and was actively collecting donations to pay for the legal costs and penalties. Within a few weeks Lokitorrent raised over $40,000 However, not long after that, Lokitorrent was shut down, and all that was left was this MPAA notice. So, the donations didn’t help, Lokitorrent even gave it’s log-files to the MPAA, containing all the ip-adresses of their users (press release).
This obviously came as a shock to all the people who donated money. They thought the money was going to be spent on paying penalties, but instead, lokitorrent’s users were penalized. The MPAA said they were going to use the collected ip-addresses from Lokitorrent’s log-files in future court cases.
John G. Malcolm, head of the MPAA’s anti-piracy efforts said, “It will have a lot of records as to who these people are and what they provided, and that information will be of great interest to our members. The MPAA would turn over information to prosecutors in appropriate cases.”
As I said, a rough start.