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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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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: Not really a surprise....
By aos007 on 11/9/2007 2:15:45 PM , Rating: 3
Border security? Like having border agents delaying shoppers returning from US on purpose for "not contributing to Canadian economy" is not giving them enough power already (read on CBC)? They are already running arrogant and unchecked, last thing we need is more "border security". Likewise with "anti-terrorism". I'm more afraid of the fresh cops that taser sick people left and right leaving trails of death than some potential terrorist who is willing to die for their cause and will find a way to kill you no matter what anyway.


RE: Not really a surprise....
By barjebus on 11/9/2007 3:59:10 PM , Rating: 3
Agree'd, I am not a fan of giving up liberties to save peoples lives. We all gotta die sometime, and if that happens to be me who dies in an explosion in the middle of an outdoor cafe, then so be it.

The whole torture thing in the U.S. is getting out of hand as well and I can see Canada stumbling down the same foolish path with Harper leading us. I don't want much TV these days, but is the media actually calling Bush on the torture thing much these days? Like pointing out that if he was doing these things to American citizen's that he'd be impeached on the spot and thrown out of office? And that if you can't do it to American citizen's, then why do "human rights" (notice how it's not "American rights") not apply to the rest of humanity?


RE: Not really a surprise....
By Ringold on 11/9/2007 4:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how border security, or having to show a valid license as proof of citizenship on election day (a current issue in the US), is an infringement of liberties. People at the border either have a right to enter or they do not. That would be protecting your liberties from dilution, er, so to speak.

The OP didn't say "I wish our governments would crack down and listen to all our phone calls!"


RE: Not really a surprise....
By barjebus on 11/9/2007 4:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
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Likewise with "anti-terrorism". I'm more afraid of the fresh cops that taser sick people left and right leaving trails of death than some potential terrorist who is willing to die for their cause and will find a way to kill you no matter what anyway.


That's all I was referring to. Showing valid ID at the border makes sense, and requiring passports also makes sense. I'm referring to the infringement of other civil liberties rather than border security bullying.


RE: Not really a surprise....
By Ringold on 11/9/2007 4:37:02 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I took that cops tasering people thing as some sort of humor or exaggeration.

We've had some taser-happy cops here, but thus far is mostly been more amusing then anything. I didn't see the specter of Big Brother there.

That guy at the University of Florida was begging for it..

Better than the 90s and previous decades. They just used to beat the crap out of you then. :P


RE: Not really a surprise....
By barjebus on 11/9/2007 4:42:41 PM , Rating: 1
It was humor, but people do lose eyes, or die once in awhile as well from tasers. Has that happened from terrorists in North America? Not since 9/11....


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