Bittorrent index IsoHunt has turned 10 years old, and its founder is still fighting off the content industry to keep the website going, according to a post on its forums.
Even noting the content industry’s relentless pursuit of websites that make sharing possible – legal or otherwise – Isohunt’s founder, Gary Fung, thinks that it is the web, not Big Media, that is winning, TorrentFreak reports.
Fung claimed that his website is not intrinsically linked to any subversive movement, but is instead in the ‘culture business’ – and that culture, made into files and shared online, should, in his ideal world, be shared as consumers please.
“I’ve fought Hollywood’s lawsuit for almost seven years now,” he wrote. “It’s so ancient it’s almost not even worth mentioning”. Fung went on to say that he’s tired of the squabbling and noted that the only way to move forward as an industry is “with the creators”.
He imagined a “reboot” of IsoHunt over the next ten years, where consumers are active participants in the creation of content, and said for now, the project will be called IsoHunt Spotlight, and could be a concoction made up of services such as Kickstarter, Netflix, Spotify, Gamefly, and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, with global licensing “from day one”.
Although the content industry continues attempting to steamroll what it considers a threat to its profits, Fung said that recently, he had seen “solidarity against tyranny” in the SOPA protests, and the abandoning of ideas such as “1 download = 1 lost sale”.