TorrentSpy, the torrent-file search engine accused by Hollywood of aiding copyright violators, plans to remove links from its search results to pirated content using a new filtering system.
FileRights is an automated filtering system created by some of TorrentSpy’s founders, including Justin Bunnell, according to a statement released Monday. The technology uses “hash” values to automatically remove links to infringing works from search engines that subscribe to the service.
The move comes as TorrentSpy fights a lawsuit brought against it last year by the major film studios. TorrentSpy suffered a legal blow earlier this month when the judge hearing the case ordered the company to begin tracking user activity.
The privately held company has appealed the decision. Should it lose, Ira Rothken, TorrentSpy’s attorney, has said the company would likely shut down access in the U.S. before giving up information about users.