BitTorrent indexing engine BTJunkie has decided to shut its doors after 7 years of service.
“This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we’ve decided to voluntarily shut down. 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,” says a message posted on the front page of the site.
Founded in 2005, BTJunkie was one of the most popular torrent indexing engines on the web. The decision to shut down the site comes shortly after founder and six employees of file hosting service Megaupload were arrested on charges of piracy and money laundering. If found guilty, the accused are looking at a maximum 20 years prison sentence.
In an interview with TorrentFreak, the site’s founder, who remains unnamed, said that recent legal action against Megaupload and other file-sharing services was one of the reasons behind the decision to shut down the site.
Nevertheless, he still sees a future for BitTorrent sites. “The war is far from over,” he said, Mashable reported.