The Megaupload shutdown has claimed another victim. BitTorrent indexing site BTJunkie has closed up shop.
Visiting btjunkie.org currently displays a blank page with nothing more than "btjunkie 2005-2012" and a brief note from the founders.
"This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down," they wrote. "We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on. It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!"
The company did not specifically address why it opted to shut down, but in an interview with TorrentFreak, BTJunkie's unnamed founder said the threat of legal action was a main reason. "Witnessing all the trouble colleagues got into was cause for a lot of worry and stress, and those will now belong to the past," TorrentFreak wrote.
The blog noted that BTJunkie was reported to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in November, the MPAA and RIAA list it as a "rogue" Web site (like those targeted by SOPA and PIPA), and it is censored by Google over piracy concerns.
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