Torrent Sites Blacklist North American Users
September 30, 2007 4:15 PM
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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
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,
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
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
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,
, Mininova and others.
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10/24/2007 5:01:47 PM
Piracy is the highest form of flattery.
My message to other countries: Stop stealing our junk, and make your own junk!
It peeves me how piracy is rampant in other countries but they still have the audacity to form lawsuits about things they don't even abide by.
Truly, the anti-American thing is going to bring down capitalism. Trust me, when these bastards finish leeching it all there will be nothing left to leech... and that won't be good.
What people don't understand is that piracy hurts the big dogs but it eliminates the little dogs. Microsoft wouldn't have a functional monopoly without piracy. What happens when you can't afford the best? You look for a cheaper alternative.
When Photoshop is $900.00 you might take a second look at Photoshop LS for $99. But when Photoshop can be had for free, it makes no sense to consider anything else.
All of this to say that free software is being held back by piracy. If the "best" doesn't want you, maybe you shouldn't want the "best".
In any case, it's a sad world where American companies think it's alright for American customers to pay for the goods while the rest of the world gets it for free. It's backward.
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes
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