As everyone is probably aware of now, ShareReactor has been taken down by the Swiss authorities. This was done at the request of several big Multimedia companies, who filed a complaint. SimonMoon has been detained and questioned by the authorities. His house has been raided and searched for evidence. The SR servers and some personal hardware have been confiscated.
We will address some basic things now.
Is SR dead forever now?
We don't know. This is a serious situation, not only for SimonMoon, but for everyone who has something to do with SR. If imonMoon prevails in this case, we think he will continue SR. ShareReactor has been his hobby (not his job) for the past 3 ears. Through all the setbacks and complaints he never gave up. One and a half years ago his house was searched as well, he has received threats, phonecalls and cease and desist letters on a weekly basis, and he never cut and ran. So if he makes it through this, chances are SR will continue in some form. However, if he loses this case, he is in serious trouble, and SR will most likely be history.
Why doesn't SimonMoon tell us this himself?
SimonMoon is under official investigations. It is very likely that he has been told not to communicate with anyone, in order not to hinder the investigation. Or maybe because he is seen as a suspect and cannot talk because of that. Or perhaps they want to stop him from telling other people what they should do. Who knows.
So now what?
Now we do what we have been doing. We wait for more information. And hope it all works out.
What else can we do?
People on various forums have suggested donating money for SimonMoon's legal expenses. We like that idea, because we want to do something to help SimonMoon through this. The problem is that for that to happen we need to be sure that he wants it, that his lawyer is ok with it, and that we have someone trustworthy to collect the money. We will post updates if we worked out a way to do this. Before people start complaining about asking for donations again, SimonMoon did spend the money on a new line, but the SDSL company is a bit crappy. And that was the best Switzerland had to offer. As for the forum server, ironically it was finally assembled and ready for testing early last week. Let's hope we'll see it working someday. Thanks to everyone who suggested donating money for a lawyer. This is not only about SR, this is about the future of many p2p sites. If SR wins this, then things look a lot brighter than if SR loses and dies. This case will set a precedent for the future.
Some general notes:
To everyone who said that SimonMoon ran with the money, it may be nice to know that so far SR has only cost SimonMoon a lot of money. But it was his project so he accepted that. But the kind of hardware needed for the forum required a fundraiser. We can only hope that an official press release will stop the ridiculous conspiracy theories about SimonMoon. It has been very hard to stay calm and quiet while people publicly trash your friend like that. He didn't deserve to be treated like that. People even posted his address and phone number publicly. How low can you go? Imagine how you would like it if suddenly everybody with an Internet connection can find your home and can call you in the middle of the night? Also, imagine how it must have been for him to read all that, after he was detained and questioned, after his house was raided and emptied by the police. We want to show SimonMoon our full support, and we truly hope this will all end well.
If you want to talk about all this, join SR IRC at gogi.tv, #sharereactor.
The ShareReactor Crew
_______________________________________________ שווה קריאה
(מקור הציטוט)<br>ממילא האתר הזה עבד לאט
ומה גם שאני מקווה שהמהומה (של שיתוף הקבצים) לא תתחיל גם אצלנו
לידיעתך, 90 אחוז מבסיסי הנתונים של EDONKEY הלועזיים של אתרי שיתוף הקבצים הישראלים גנובים מShareReactor.
אם האתר הזה ייפול , תפול גם אמינות רשת הEDNONKEY.
זהוא יום עצוב לכל חובבי האתר [ואני בינהם], ואני קורא לכל מי שיכול שינסה לתרום ולעזור.
מקווה שהוא יצא מהחקירה הזאת זכאי וימשיך להריץ את ShareReactor.
לדעתי זוהיא מזימה מתוחבלת של ה-RIAA ושאר חברות המולטימדיה להרוס ולגרום לקריסה איטית וכואבת של רשת ה-EDONKEY.
_______________________________________________ The Spider.
Don't worry guys, movies/games/music first releasted on IRC networks, and after that on ftp/donkey/kazaa/bit. There are dozens of site releasing for these networks. I think that now after one BIG site closed, others sites will cooperate and SHARE.