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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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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 barjebus on 11/9/2007 5:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you about Sikh terrorists finding asylum here (I can't believe the Air India inquiry found those guys not guilty :S).

I agree that it can and probably will happen down the line...but by proving that the Canadian immigration system is so insecure, you're actually eroding your own position. If 90% of all people from Afghanistan and Pakistan can get in unscreened, then what's stopping them currently? Why haven't they moved yet? The numbers are so outrageous concerning how few people actually get screened that there is essentially no stopping someone from just walking in and blowing something up, YET IT HASN'T HAPPENED. Why would we turn away 30,000 people a year who may or may not be being tortured or persecuted in their own countries just to stop one terrorist attack that MAY happen, but HASN'T in the course of 6 years???


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