Torrent site says music industry most harmful to online freedom

 

The music industry is under fire from torrent index isohunt. The site says the conglomerate labels are infringing on the freedoms of internet users.
In the latest turn of events regarding the controversial bootlegging of music, a popular torrent website holds to its word that the industry is in fact, its own worst enemy, as well as that of free speech online.
According to Torrent Freak, Bittorrent-based Isohunt claims that it is not them who is the threat to musical entertainment, but that it is the copyright enforcers who are impeding on the freedom of personal online expression. The Bittorrent index argued this point in its case against 26 major labels in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada.
The “Big Four” labels (Sony, E.M.I, Warner and Universal) among others, went after Isohunt back in 2010, and the website stands accused of “facilitating copyright infringement on a massive scale.”
The aforementioned labels hope to receive compensation for 4 million dollars lost via the Bittorrent client through the said lawsuit.
In a complaint issued by the conglomerates, it is stated that “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.”
Since the suit by the labels was filed, isohunt’s Gary Fung countered it by filing a response in the last week of this past February. In it, Fung argues that torrent sites like isohunt pose no threat to the record industry; but instead, it is the worst threat to itself.
“In our latest response to CRIA filed in Court, we ask the Supreme Court of British Columbia to adjudicate this crucial issue of balance between the constitutional rights of people on the Internet to communicate, share and search, versus the rights of copyright industries to limit such rights in the corporate interest of protecting and extending copyright,” Fung told Torrent Freak.
“isoHunt urges the court to examine this issue carefully, for the sake of innovations on the Internet, free exchange of culture, and fundamental constitutional freedoms.”
In the response, isohunt attempts to clarify their case by explaining how websites like Bittorrent work and operate. It claims that the major labels are tying valiantly to forcefully put a damper on free internet expression. Isohunt itself says it is a neutral party in the torrent world as it only stores files found on other websites.
With that said, isoHunt says it is not in any way, promoting or endorsing operating.
In addtion to the Canadian case, there is also one in the United States taking on the M.P.A.A.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/324399

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