| By Jon Newton 2/11/05
No - LokiTorrent's Lowkey hasn't done a runner with the money members of the p2p community poured in to help with legal costs.
Far worse, LokiTorrent admin Edward Webber has agreed to, "not only pay a substantial settlement with even greater financial penalties for any further such actions, but by Court Order must provide the MPAA with access to and copies of all logs and server data related to his illegal BitTorrent activities, which will provide a roadmap to others who have used LokiTorrent to engage in illegal activities," says the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).
The site was shut down today and images left in its place. Many people believed Lowkey had taken off with donations of between $40,000 and $60,000, depending on who you listen to.
The movie studio enforcer also says it's been able to use tax-payer funded law enforcement authorities in Austria Hong Kong, Finland, France and the Netherlands as movie industry cops.
The 'trade' organization also says it'll be sending Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices pursuant to ISPs hosting, "eDonkey servers that are being used to facilitate copyright infringement".
www.brandnewmovies.com, www.moviepros.net, www.downloadmuch.com and www.downloaditall.com are first up in the firing line.
"The operators of these sites charge their customers subscription fees in exchange for substantial assistance in locating and downloading infringing copies of copyrighted motion pictures, including films owned by the MPAAA member companies," says the movie studio war machine.
Yesterday, StreamCast Networks announced its Morpheus p2p app now includes BitTorrent.
Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.
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