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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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