IsoHunt, a popular website offering BitTorrents of mostly pirated material (movies, games and music) shut down on the 21st October 2013 after a 7 year court battle against the site’s owner Gary Fung, with the punishment of an $110m fine to The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Less than 2 weeks later it reopened despite the shutdown deal by a new group with over 75% of it’s original content that was pulled from the site before its close and familiar branding, being almost completely reminiscent of the original site.
This is interesting because it shows an online group who use this website not only as a source of downloading music but also almost as a social media site, as it allows users to make an account and communicate amongst each other. This group of users are the people who have relaunched the site, not the original founder.
BBC report on the closing of the site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24580130