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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), Demonoid.com 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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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 Polynikes on 11/9/2007 12:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah. It's especially inconvenient for people like me who like the "private" trackers like these because you don't have to worry about what you're downloading. The chances of there being malware embedded in the files is negligible. When you go to a mininova or isohunt, however, you never know as there is little to no feedback on the contents of the torrent.

Seriously, though, we thought the RIAA was bad. The CRIA is like 10 times worse, thanks to their ridiculous amount of control in the Canadian government. That's pretty scary. Here's hoping Radiohead's latest album sales model catches on.


RE: Pretty scary
By barjebus on 11/9/2007 12:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
There's not a huge amount more of control in the Canadian government really...the CRIA isn't as bad because they make have a loud bark, but no bite; They can't prosecute or go after people who download music, however, in the U.S., the RIAA can. I'm not sure how the "increased control" in the Canuck government translates into allowing the CRIA being worse than the RIAA.


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