Los Angeles – IsoHunt, a search engine that helps users find
files available for download from the BitTorrent file-sharing network, has been
sued by 26 record labels for facilitating copyright infringement in its home
country of Canada, TorrentFreak reported.
The suit against isoHunt and owner
Gary Fung seeks a shutdown of isoHunt; related sites Podtropolis and
TorrentBos; and over $4 million in damages.
"The isoHunt Websites have
been designed and are operated by the defendants with the sole purpose of
profiting from rampant copyright infringement which defendants actively
encourage, promote, authorize, induce, aid, abet, materially contribute to and
commercially profit from," the labels’ complaint reads.
studios represented by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) previously
sued isoHunt in U.S. federal court last year, and in May the court handed down
a permanent injunction against isoHunt.
While that ruling is currently under
appeal, isoHunt was compelled to filter its search engine based on keywords
provided by the MPAA for its U.S. visitors.
(DMW previous coverage)