More Nonsense from Boing! Boing!

Cory Doctorow makes the ridiculous claimthat,

. . . shut down the Lokitorrent site (Xeni’s post from yesterday), they hijacked the domain and put up a snotty note that included the phrase “You can click, but you can’t hide.”

That follows on Xeni Jardin’s posting yesterday, which quoted reprinted speculation that the MPAA had hijacked the domain name,

Many Boing Boing readers wrote in today to express dismay at the MPAA’s decision to replace shuttered filesharing sites with their own content. Reader Brad Clarke says, “Taking down a site is one thing but putting up their own content has GOT to be illegal. He’s to hoping they finally went too far.”

But if they would actually bother to read the news stories they link to, the explanation is likely a lot less dramatic,

The Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday that it had won a quick court victory against LokiTorrent, and was launching a new round of actions against other online piracy hubs. The data provided by the onetime file-swapping hub would provide “a roadmap to others who have used LokiTorrent to engage in illegal activities,” the trade group said.

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As part of the court order, the site’s operator was asked to pay a settlement fee of close to $1 million.

Unless Xeni Jadin and Cory Doctorow have evidence that MPAA hijacked the domain — which they should certainly disclosed if they’re goig to go around making these sort of charges — a more likely explanation is that the folks behind LokiTorrent cut a deal with the MPAA to turn over the entire site. Losing a court case and facing a proposed $1 million settlement fee has a way of doing that to people.

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