Shut down: March 24, 2008

TorrentSpy became infamous for helping distribute copyrighted films and being forced to remove torrents related to major releases such as Star Wars: Episode III. The MPAA went straight for the P2P site’s jugular mainframe by filing a lawsuit for “facilitating copyright infringement.” The court ruled against TorrentSpy due to its “widespread and systematic efforts to destroy evidence and have provided false testimony under oath in an effort to hide evidence of such destruction.” A federal judge ordered the site to hand over $110 million to the MPAA a few months later. Operators Justin Bunnell and Wes Parker had no other options but to file for bankruptcy.