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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The previously bustling homepage has been replaced by a single line of text; bereft of much in the way of details, but leaving little doubt as to the fate of the website: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: Wow, that was quick
By Shmollin on 11/10/2007 4:01:22 PM , Rating: 2
It is sad that these governments spend so much money on pointless things such as shutting down P2P sites such as Demonoid. The money that they waist could have been spent on something that was more needed. I don’t have a clue how much it cost to shut down Demonoid, but I can take a guess, and in my opinion what a bloody waist. That is just one site out of god known’s how many. Ok the CIRA has shut down one of maybe a thousand website so folks of the CIRA give yourself a pat on the back, well done people you did it all that hard work paid off. But I see I flaw Ok Demonoid has gone, but there is nothing stopping it starting again, like many do, and I for one will be one of the first to welcome them back. Now let look at the flip side of the coin. How much money do these companies make in profit from CD’s DVD’S? I could never work that one out, and yet they often sell a music CD at around £15.00 (in the UK) and DVD’s can be around £25.00 a disc (that also comes to you in a cheap cardboard box) have these governments not thought of “Hang on why are people using theses P2P sites” the answer to that question is NO.
I would like to know what governments are doing for the customer who pay through the nose for music or films, I know silly question (getting rich) I am sick and tired of people going on about P2P sites ripping the music or movie world off, why not they rip us off and yet who is in our corner fighting for us, no one. It does not matter how much money these governments waist on chasing these companies, the wont stop them in the end, so that is money up the wall.
If they are going to do something then bring the price of DVD’s and CD’s down, or use it to find a way of making legal P2P sites. Let’s face it if all the people in the world was offered something for a high price, but they could get it for free what do you think they are going to do. If people want P2P sites stopped then something has to be given back to the public to make it worthwhile.
Well done to the CIRA on their victory, you must be so happy with your result. Unfortunately it’s just a drop in the ocean, the war you are fighting against will be going on and on, until someone comes up with a better way you won’t stop P2P sites being built, you shut one and another two take its place. It’s crazy that theses governments have so much money to waist. Get real putt the money where it can be of good use, and while you are at it take a look at what people have to pay for items. Then again you know that one as you use the profits to close theses companies down. I will miss you Demonoid, maybe we will see you again, stranger things hu


"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997














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