Less than one month after isoHunt was shut down and its founder served with a $110 million fine, the BitTorrent site has triumphantly returned to the internet, resurrected by a web preservation group known only as 'ArchiveTeam.'
The torrent index site - which provides users with links to illegally posted movies, music, video game, and software files – closed down earlier this month after more than a decade online. The announcement, quietly made in a court document filed October 17, also indicated that isoHunt’s Canadian founder, Gary Fung, would be forced to pay a $110 million fine to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for “inducing” copyright infringement.
IsoHunt.to was officially re-launched on Tuesday. The site has the same layout and color scheme as the former incarnation of isoHunt. Perhaps most crucially, isoHunt.to also points users toward all kinds of media content which they would otherwise have to pay for.
Approximately 75 percent of the lost torrents have been restored. The site is also available at isoHunt.ee and is hosted in Australia, according to Ars Technica.
Before it was shut down, the site is thought to have had 44.2 million daily users and nearly 14 million torrents. That demand, whether it be legal or otherwise, could be a sobering statistic for MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, who issued a warning to future torrent operators after isoHunt’s demise this month.