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Citing increased pressure from piracy enforcers, operators call it quits

Within the last week, two popular BitTorrent sites began blocking users located in North America: Isohunt.com’s trackers now block users in the United States; and Demonoid.com blocks users located in Canada.
 
Starting last week, Canada-based Isohunt posted a notice on its front page, stating that it has disabled access from users in the U.S. to the BitTorrent trackers at Torrentbox.com and Podtropolis.com, which are operated by Isohunt.  Isohunt elaborates, “This is due to the U.S.'s hostility towards P2P technologies, and we feel with our current lawsuit brought by the MPAA, we can no longer ensure your security and privacy in the U.S.”  Isohunt, which only indexes the torrents posted at other trackers like The Pirate Bay or TorrentBox, then asked U.S.-based users to add and use other, unrestricted trackers in its search results.
 
Shortly afterwards, Demonoid.com – also based in Canada – went offline, and many speculated that the site had either been taken down by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), or suffered major server failures.

With rumors flying, P2P news site ZeroPaid.com received an e-mail of indeterminate source which confirmed the server troubles, and that the site was indeed undergoing a rebuild. However, because the e-mail could not be verified, and Demonoid’s operator “Deimos” never officially commented on Demonoid’s status, ZeroPaid’s e-mail was not posted until today.
 
Regardless, Demonoid’s tracker was up by September 29, 2007. The website followed, resuming operations on September 30.  Unfortunately, the return has a catch: due to interference from the CRIA, Canadian users are now blocked from Demonoid’s website and its trackers. 

Instead users are now redirected to a web page with the following message: “We received a letter from a lawyer representing the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. If you reside in Canada, [this] is the reason you are being redirected to this message. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience.”
 
With the rising popularity of BitTorrent, piracy enforcers are giving the protocol increasing amounts of attention. Recent e-mail and source code leaked from MediaDefender indicate that the firm seems to devote the most attention to BitTorrent, which, according to a widely-quoted 2004 study, accounts for at least a third of all internet traffic.

While sites like Demonoid and Isohunt appear to have caved in to these pressures, others choose a defiant path and turn pressure into mockery: The Pirate Bay’s legal threats page posts dozens of takedown notices and their humorous replies, and MiiVi.org advertises itself as a “tribute to the fall of MediaDefender,” hosting an open tracker sponsored in part by The Pirate Bay, Suprnova, Mininova and others.


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RE: MPAA sucks
By Phynaz on 10/1/2007 9:09:50 AM , Rating: 3
Another "it's not not stealing" post.

Yes, it is. Quit trying to justify your illegal actions.


RE: MPAA sucks
By omnicronx on 10/1/2007 11:02:11 AM , Rating: 2
Another yes it is stealing post.. great!
I do not endorse copyright infringement, but movie/recording industries are doing nothing to fix it. Charging people for downloading a few albums will not fix anything, lowering grossly overpriced products will. Until these industries realize consumers are no longer going to take their corporate bullshit, people are going to continue to pirate.

Compared to most other industries, (especially any mainstream industry) the margins for CD and Movie sales are far greater than the norm. People are not stupid and do not like being ripped off. With the progression of the internet and the ability to have your voice heard, people are no longer laying down. I still to this day do not understand why we pay at least $20 for a new movie and 10-15 for a new CD, its just wrong.

Illegal actions maybe, but i do not feel one bit of remorse for the immoral actions of the movie/recording industry.
And you ranting on about 'still being illegal' doesn't help anything either, you are merely justifying what these industries are doing as 'right'.


RE: MPAA sucks
By omnicronx on 10/1/2007 12:00:33 PM , Rating: 3
I love the rate-down. Stealing a loaf of $2 bread is illegal too, but if it cost me $20 for that loaf I would not feel sorry for the stores i which they were stolen from. I hope you feel happy being a zealot, the RIAA and Movie industry loves you for it.


RE: MPAA sucks
By cgrecu77 on 10/1/2007 1:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
or paying him for it ... :)


RE: MPAA sucks
By The0ne on 10/1/2007 3:16:17 PM , Rating: 2
You assumed the store might be trying to make a huge profit. And you bash others for assuming more plausible actions on piracy? Theft is theft, but when a company makes a minor profit it's not. Get it straight.

Who's to say that the store carried $20 breads and they might be paying $19 for it. Thus making only $1 in profit to cover their cost. It might be, afterall, that the owner understand what's going on and want to help as much as possible. But then you get it already don't you? Everyone is bad so screw them and steal what you can before another person does...lmao.


RE: MPAA sucks
By rcc on 10/1/2007 7:02:48 PM , Rating: 3
If the price is too high, don't buy. But don't steal/infringe. From their perspective, pirating is demand. So all they need to do is prevent the piracy and they get sales.

OTOH, if our piratical crew doesn't buy, doesn't listen, doesn't copy, etc. Eventually the record companies will change. Economics wins again.


RE: MPAA sucks
By The0ne on 10/1/2007 3:17:50 PM , Rating: 3
Yep, not matter how you look at it I totally agree. But that what people do, find ways to justify their "illegal" actions so they can sleep better :) This, of course, applies to other actions as well :P


RE: MPAA sucks
By mindless1 on 10/1/2007 9:40:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, another it's not stealing post. Primative man had only a few words but today there exist quite a few to distinguish different acts. Many different illegal acts as well. Copyright infringement isn't stealing, nor it is murder, an (automobile) moving violation, defacement, or any number of other different terms.

SOmeone who corrects an ignorant post about it not being stealing is not more prone to murder, moving violations or defacement. Claiming that someone is trying to justify illegal actions by correcting ignorant posts is unfounded.


RE: MPAA sucks
By Phynaz on 10/3/2007 11:46:29 AM , Rating: 4
What ignorant is stupid people who don't know that copyright infringement is itellectual property theft.


RE: MPAA sucks
By mindless1 on 10/6/2007 9:33:16 PM , Rating: 2
While I know what you meant to say, I'm not goign to write enough to educate you after only enough effort to write one sentence.


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