Scour Slams Door on Exchange

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Online file-sharing service Scour will likely slam the door this afternoon on its popular Scour Exchange network.

The decision was announced late Tuesday after U.S. Bankruptcy Court granted the company's motion to disable the network. It is part of an effort to resolve pending litigation and hasten the sale of its assets, a Scour spokeswoman said.

Scour president Dan Rodrigues noted the positives in a prepared statement.

"We believe our unilateral decision to take down the Exchange will facilitate a resolution of the copyright infringement litigation pending against Scour," Rodrigues said. "In addition, we expect the shutdown of the Exchange to facilitate a sale of Scour's assets, which will maximize creditor recovery." announced on Nov. 1 its intent to purchase Scour's technology assets for $5 million in cash and 500,000 shares of stock. File-sharing software developer CenterSpan Communications reported Tuesday that it also would submit a bid for Scour's assets. Scour has said it would consider bids for its assets until Dec. 12.

The National Music Publishers' Association, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have sued Scour. Mass copyright infringement charges forced the company to file for bankruptcy protection.

Ironically, the company still touts itself as the world's leading Internet search destination for digital entertainment.

Nearly 149,000 users, sharing about 15 million media files, were connected to the decentralized network yesterday afternoon.

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