Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Demonoid.com shut down

Demonoid, a popular semi-private torrent tracker, is reported to have been shut down by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). This is the latest in many shutdowns of peer-to-peer websites by anti-piracy groups. Earlier this week, trackers Torrentbox and Podtropolis were disabled for visitors in the United States due to a law suit by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Demonoid is one of the largest torrent trackers on the internet, second only to The Pirate Bay, and tracks over a million torrent files. The site has recently moved its servers from the Netherlands to Canada in June after a Dutch piracy group BREIN subpoenaed Demonoid's ISP, demanding that the site be taken offline.

The site founder and administrator Deimos has not commented yet regarding the shutdown. Both the tracker and the website are inaccessible as of September 26 at 0700 UTC.

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