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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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

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