Los Angeles – Following a federal
judge’s order last month to removing all infringing content from its site, Torrent
search engine Isohunt has opted to block its main site from U.S. users,
instead pointing them to a bare bones search page.
The company hopes that by
launching the "Isohunt Lite" search engine for U.S. users, it
can potentially avoid the judge’s proposed order to install a keyword filter
that would actively block the appearance of links to copyrighted content.
Lite site will "demonstrate the similarity to certain other popular search
engine [sic] also required to censor in China."
internet search engine to filter broad keyword searches is absurd. The DMCA
mandates with reason that copyright notice and takedown requested by copyright
holders be done under penalty of perjury with accurate identifcation, with
standard practice of URLs, not broad mucking with the dictionary," the
company said in a note on the new site.
(DMW previous coverage)