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Canadian-hosted torrent site is the next to fall in a series of takedowns

The world-wide crackdown on torrent sites has brought down another major torrent hub. After being forced to close its doors to Canadian users in September due to pressure from the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), survived for only slightly more than a month before being having forced offline entirely today.

The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website:

The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.

The Demonoid tracker and website outage in September was explained as a server rebuild.  With the CRIA now going after the hosts in question, it is unlikely that Demonoid will find a new host within Canada willing to defend themselves.

"Upstream takedown," as its dubbed, is a page right from the U.S. Digital Millenium Copyright Act takedown procedure

After the Interpol takedown of the UK-based site OiNK on October 23rd, many OiNK users were warned that "a criminal investigation" would continue into the site and its users.

No such warning has been posted yet. It may be that Demonoid did not store any information, that the CRIA may have opted to simply remove the site rather than attempt to prosecute the end-users or that it may be a waiting game to determine if the operators will attempt to bring their site back online.

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RE: Pretty scary
By ajira99 on 11/9/2007 12:23:41 PM , Rating: 2
...and then they'll try and police the usenet.

RE: Pretty scary
By Chris Peredun on 11/9/2007 12:33:31 PM , Rating: 5
Rule #1 - You do not talk about Usenet.

RE: Pretty scary
By bravacentauri83 on 11/9/2007 12:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
If (or when) that happens then that will be the last straw for me.

RE: Pretty scary
By KristopherKubicki on 11/9/2007 12:42:03 PM , Rating: 3
...and then they'll try and police the usenet.

You're too late. They already are.

RE: Pretty scary
By B166ER on 11/10/2007 2:44:25 AM , Rating: 2
Stop talking about it, dammit!!!

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