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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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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: Not really a surprise....
By Missing Ghost on 11/9/2007 4:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
If you like to live in a country where you're always treated like a criminal, do so. Canada is a pacifist state, so there isn't more effort done than what the police is doing; there won't be any crazy anti-terrorist laws like in the USA. The money should be put on healthcare, education, etc. Not anti-terrorism, border security, etc. which are similar to war and paranoia.

RE: Not really a surprise....
By rcc on 11/9/2007 6:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
Canada is a pacifist state

Fortunately you are wrong. As a pacifist state, and a pacifist person, cannot exist in nature. The fact that Canada has armed forces kinda says otherwise too.

In order for a pacifist to exist, there must be someone willing to provide protection to them. Preferably without cost to the pacifist, that way they can climb on their high horse and talk down to the cops, soldiers and nations that protect them without feeling as though they may have contributed.

Not that Canada isn't a peaceful country, and I think that's great. Despite global opinion, the US would prefer to be peaceable as well; we've just been burnt so many times that it's easier to be proactive than totally reactive.

RE: Not really a surprise....
By Missing Ghost on 11/9/2007 10:50:28 PM , Rating: 2
We have armed forces, but that doesn't mean we aren't pacifists. The armed forces are kept to a minimum and only used reluctantly. They are currently only used for missions of help and reconstruction, and to ensure our sovereignty in the North.

Nobody is providing protection for us. If I look in the streets I see no USA soldiers. We are against projects like the USA missile shield. Our protection is from diplomacy; we don't go around saying we may attack other countries, like... Iran, North Korea, Syria. Pumping money into your army at an insane rate is certainly a kind of menace too.

RE: Not really a surprise....
By mal1 on 11/10/2007 1:29:49 AM , Rating: 1
Pacifists don't make chemical/biological weapons and test them on their own citizens...

RE: Not really a surprise....
By Ringold on 11/10/2007 1:59:11 AM , Rating: 2
Our protection is from diplomacy;

In the long run, when, in history, exactly has that ever worked?

As the Cylons would say, it's happened before and shall happen again. Canada is just behind the Japanese 8 ball; they went the pacifist route (forced to by us), realized they had no significant influence in the world at the end of the day, and now look, they've got a quickly growing "Self Defense Force" doing things other than strictly "Self Defense".

Canada's defense has come from the fact Roosevelt laid it out quite plainly in the early 1940s; an attack on Canada is tantamount to an attack on the US, and virtually all US military planning involving the defense of North America includes Canada as if it were a collection of additional northern States, whether Canada likes it or not. It more or less has to be that way; we could every draft-eligible man in America and not have enough to defend that border.

RE: Not really a surprise....
By FITCamaro on 11/10/2007 11:11:46 AM , Rating: 2
It's easy to say money shouldn't be put into border security when no one really wants to go to your country for anything other than weed or cheap prescription drugs.

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