Anti-piracy outfit BRIEN which is delevrately backed by Hollywood is asking the former hosting provider of torrent website "SumoTorrent" to pay for the damages the website has caused to the copyright content holders.
Hosting provider XS Networks previously refused to take the site offline or reveal the identity of the owners unless it was presented with a court order.
BRIEN claims to shut down hundreds or torrent website every year which includes several bigger ones. SumoTorrent has been growing rapidly and BRIEN noticed the new "threat" (or just another sharing corner for people).
Back in 2007 BREIN managed to kick the torrent site out of the Netherlands where it was hosted by Leaseweb, but it continued to operate from Canada. Later, SumoTorrent returned to the Netherlands at XS Networks, again attracting the attention of BREIN.
Hoping to take the site quickly offline, the anti-piracy group asked XS Networks to shut it down and hand over the personal details of the owner. XS Networks refused and said it would only respond to a court order.
After few threats SumoTorrent voluntarily agreed to give out the personal details to BRIEN after the torrent website was moved to the new hosting provider in Ukrain. BRIEN got the personal details as promised only to find out that it was fake.
Anti-Piracy group took the matter in the court, accusing the webhost for not taking the website down and hading over the personal details of the owner. They Demanded the damages from XS networks and asked the provider to pay for the infringing content that was downloaded via SumoTorrent as well.