IsoHunt Shuts Down Early To Stop Archive Team From Recording Important Historical Information
from the that's-unfortunate dept
With last week’s announcement that IsoHunt was shutting down, the famed “Archive Team” apparently sprung into action to try to preserve the information on the site. As you hopefully know, the Archive Team works hard to preserve important information that has historical relevance and importance. For example, it preserved much of GeoCities after that site was shut down. If you don’t understand, preserving historical information is extremely important in an age where such information can disappear entirely.
Unfortunately, perhaps because of legal fears, IsoHunt’s Gary Fung apparently decided that this archive effort may be legally problematic and shut down the site days early, stating:
I’m told there was this Internet archival team that wants to make historical copy of our .torrent files, I’m honoured that people thinks our site is worthy of historical preservation, but the truth is about 95% of those .torrent files can be found off Google regardless and mostly have been indexed from other BitTorrent sites in the first place.
But, of course, as the Archive Team points out, it was never about saving those .torrent files, but rather all the metadata around them:
I think Gary might have misunderstood the purpose of the archiving project; he basically states that “the .torrent files can be found elsewhere too” – but this completely misses the point, being the archiving of the metadata *around* those torrents, such as user comments. These cannot be replicated from other sources…
The team apparently to get about 242 gigs of data, but there was a lot more that they missed. That’s too bad.