THE POPULAR Bittorrent website Isohunt has come back online, just over a week after its operator shut it down.
Isohunt founder Gary Fung announced the shutdown on 18 October, saying that a decade long legal battle and a $100m plus fine had taken their toll, and the website would be no more.
"It's sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 10.5 years of Isohunt has been a long journey by any business definition, and forever in internet startup time. It started as a programming hobby in my university days that has become so, so much more," said Fung earlier.
"It's been a learning experience beyond what I imagined. I've done the best I could pushing the social benefits of Bittorrent and file sharing, the searching and sharing of culture itself, but it's time for me to move on to new software ideas and projects."
Now Isohunt is back, but its return has nothing to do with Fung.
According to a report at Torrentfreak, the present Isohunt website is a homage produced by supporters, and not the work of the original creators.
"Isohunt has been a great part of the torrent world for more than a decade. It's a big loss to everyone who used it over the years. Media corporations don't like innovative or competition and isohunt's fate is one of the examples of how they deal with it," said Torrentfreak's sources.
"Isohunt can definitely be called a file-sharing icon. People got used to it and they don't want to simply let it go. We want those people to feel like being at home while visiting isohunt.to. The main goal is to restore the website with torrents and provide users with the same familiar interface." µ
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