Threats of Jail Time Caused One of the Biggest Sports Torrent Services to Shut Down

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you're one of these people who's very into their sport, but resent having to pay the crazy subscription fees to access it, you'll probably have heard of The Sports Torrent Network. Unfortunately for you, the service has shut down after threats from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

TSTN had links to pretty much every sport you can imagine: ever-popular European football, Formula 1, American hockey, and even sports-related documentaries. According to Torrentfreak, the site was one of the largest of its kind, with over 20,000 members. When you look at it that way, it's hardly surprising that it caught the attention of law enforcement types.

TSTN didn't actually host any illegal content, but it did provide links to infringing material which, as anyone familiar with the story of TV Shack will tell you, is a crime. Messages from PIPCU, sent to TSTN, stated that the site's operators could face 10 years in prison for encouraging members of the public to obtain illegally sourced content, and assisting them in their efforts. Shutting down the service was definitely a no-brainer.

For those who preferred to get their sport from this less-than-legal service, it's a real blow. But fear not, while the closure might convince some to pay for their sports coverage, the demand for free content will be as strong as ever. It won't be long until someone else fills the void left by TSTN's passing, I guarantee it. [Torrentfreak via BBC News]