Shut down: Feb. 10, 2005

After refusing to comply with cease and desist threats from the MPAA, LokiTorrent became the hottest file-sharing site on the Net, gaining over 680,000 users and earning up to $40,000 in legal fund donations. Many considered its badass approach to be a brave move, but all the bravado in the world couldn’t keep the P2P service up and running. Many conspiracy theories surfaced pertaining to why the site shut down: one included service operator Edward Webber not really being targeted by the MPAA, stealing donation money, and closing the domain himself.