End of March, under the pressure of studios TorrentSpy ceased to work (see TorrentSpy: first round for studios. A Californian federal judge knocked down for a second time TorrentSpy. The judge ordered TorrentSpy to pay 111M$ (72M€) to MPAA. This high penalty is mostly due the accusation that TorrentSpy destroyed evidences. TorrentSPy refused to gave information about its “customers” and destroyed the corresponding data.
Having ceased any activity, TorrentSpy will not be able to pay MPAA. But the message is a strong warning for tracker sites based in the United States. Will it have any impact on the other tracker sites (for instance The Pirate Bay, or Mininova)?