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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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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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By iFX on 11/9/2007 2:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
These sites will go underground and will require verification to be a member. No content will be viewable without logging in. Some sites are already doing this.

People think the FTP craze died a few years back too, it didn't, it just went underground. There are more encrypted FTP servers out there now severing up downloads then ever before. You just have to know where to look.

RE: Eventually
By HrilL on 11/9/2007 3:01:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I agree with you there. But by making it go underground then the general public that doesn't know much about computers and downloading won't even find out that you can get anything that can be in 1 and 0 form. Really Piracy has gone down a lot from what I can tell. About 8 or 9 years ago everyone I new used Napster, Kazza, Skour(spelling?), limewire... And hotline. Now days no one seems to even know you can get everything for free still.

RE: Eventually
By KristopherKubicki on 11/9/2007 3:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
The top level FTP sites haven't moved an inch, they've just gotten more sophisticated. I've had access to some of the same release HQs for almost a decade.

RE: Eventually
By iFX on 11/9/2007 6:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the GOOD FTP listing are not public.

Most of the GOOD FTP servers are not public.

I don't agree that the GOOD FTP servers are out in the open.

RE: Eventually
By Quiescent on 11/9/2007 5:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
This is quite true. Software from these communities are actually more trustable than say something from a public website such as isohunt. I know someone who is a member of some of these forums, I usually get my software from him from the forum he goes to.

And a comment about pirating software, for those who wish to know my side:
It's really not like all of us can afford luxurious software. I plan on creating music as a hobby. Unless I was getting paid good, which I currently don't, I am not paying for software. Why should I wait five years before I can afford the software when I can use it now, get to know it, learn to use it well, then five years later I can create better music and then be able to buy the software. See what I'm saying? Doesn't make perfect sense to you? You have no idea how time flies.

RE: Eventually
By B166ER on 11/10/2007 2:52:45 AM , Rating: 2
It just cant be said. Piracy, no matter what valid/invalid rationale for it just should not be talked about. The minds against it are always looking for fuel for their juggernaut dismissal of it and when the ideals for it are spoken, it only keeps the movement alive. The less piracy is discussed the less you'll see it attacked. Like the war on drugs here, since terrorism took center stage, you don't hear about big 80's and 90's style busts, and the availability is pretty good. Its not talked about, and the public is nil concerned, nor fearful of what still exists. So your opinions, no matter how valid they are to you, should be kept to you. You cant make the masses agree. Shhhhhhhh....

RE: Eventually
By B166ER on 11/10/2007 3:00:39 AM , Rating: 2
Additionally, I would tell all that read here to not even comment about such news-worthy articles, unless of course the ideals of piracy does bother you and you feel you would make the biggest stink if you knew that someone, somebody had a false serial numbered and activated version of Vista, as it affects your money and piece of mind.
Now this is not to say I endorse of even support piracy, but as I like the idea of one day getting a top class escort and not having to jump through a million hoops to get her, I feel the 'underground network' is a valuable resource, and should by all means be kept alive. I feel the it shouldnt be exploited by 'noobs', '133ts', or those just too stupid to ask a decent question (i.e., "Whats the best software for making dope beats?").

RE: Eventually
By Quiescent on 11/10/2007 7:22:20 AM , Rating: 2
Quite so. I agree with the last part. (I wouldn't consider myself a noob, but in the right mood, I can be. :P)

To be so silent about it when you do have a good opinion about it... It's like if you were a woman during the years of which you couldn't do certain things, you wouldn't get your rights. Now there is a flaw within the statement I did say. It does not cover all the software I use. It just covers the software that is of worth and value for someone who is going to use it over time and be a professional with it. Now, it does cover the operating system, because what's a person to do without an operating system? Nothing. To expand your knowledge without having to worry about paying for it, that is the best route to go. Then when you're making a lot of money, you should say thanks and pay for the software you use.

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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