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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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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 barjebus on 11/9/2007 5:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
Try not lying to the entire world and then making a fool of yourself when you're stuck in Iraq with debts piling up at astronomical rates, while corporate America sucks you dry by charging the military for non-existent goods or services that were never rendered or delivered. Have you followed any of the congressional inquiries about where BILLIONS of dollars just disappeared? I am extremely thankful that Canada did not get involved in Iraq.

Immigration security is important, I agree with you, and we do need to reform our system, but most of us as Canadians want everyone to have the best possible opportunity to come here if they are oppressed or in a hopeless situation. That's the whole point of being a developed country...helping those that aren't.

There's a clear difference between the level of international terrorist that flows from Mexico (approximately zero) and that of the Mid East (almost all of it).

I assume you're not saying that everyone from Middle East are terrorists, and that it's just that of the terrorists that do exist, most of them are from the Middle East? Well I wonder how that all started....oh YEAH! Thats right, didn't the U.S. help the Saudi's train and fly Mujahadeen fighters to Afghanistan in the 80's to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan? Riiiight, and where are those terrorists now? Fighting the U.S. military in Iraq? And why are we there again? Because the dictator the U.S. installed in Iraq turned on them after the war against Iran failed?

/rolling my eyes

RE: Not really a surprise....
By Ringold on 11/10/2007 2:10:49 AM , Rating: 2
Nice. I prod you just enough, and you explode ranting about the second Gulf war, as if thats somehow relevant to something thats been going on since at the very earliest the 80s? Very nice. I'm glad some allies didn't get in there as well; allows someone to help with diplomacy that appears neutral.

And then you admit that terrorists do in fact come from the Mid East, but then change the subject to a biased history lesson rather than current issues at hand. Our only problem was abandoning Afghanistan after we helped them to victory, directly leading to the Taliban -- which, by the way, is exactly what some of our allies want to do again. Where was Canadian moral superiority during the Rwandan genocide, hm? You guys are no better than we are. :P

I wasn't really asking for Canada to go to the moon for us. If you guys can pay nearly 50% top marginal income tax rates, ya'll can afford to screen 30k additional people a year to make sure they're at least semi-legit.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il

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