Robert De Niro's character in the movie Heat offered up some words of wisdom for those who operate in the criminal world. He said, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner." BTJunkie, one of the largest torrent search engines in the world, might not have been doing anything illegal, but with all that's been happening lately, the site's founder thought it best to take De Niro's words to heart and voluntarily shut down for good.
"This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down," a goodbye note on BTJunkie's website reads . "We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on. It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!"
TorrentFreak said it spoke to BTJunkie's founder, who pointed towards the legal actions against sites such as MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay as motivating factors in his decision to shut down. The U.S. Department of Justice seized MegaUpload last month for allegedly breaking copyright law, while The Pirate Bay's founders recently were denied a request to appeal their prison sentences and multi-million dollar fines.
BTJunkie has not been targeted by federal authorities.