It's torrent hunting season


One of the most popular BitTorrent trackers on the net, Demonoid.com, had its site taken offline about six weeks ago, and its situation is finally being explained. Coming only weeks after the closure of OiNK.cd, Demonoid's shutdown has the torrent community in another frenzy. The following message is from Demonoid.com:
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 site, hosted in Canada (where it was recently announced that downloading torrents for personal use is permitted), provided a large amount of the Internet's torrent trackers (or, basically, the instructions for finding peers from/to whom you can download/upload). While the downfall of the site hasn't yet affected its trackers, the future of Demonoid is obviously unknown, as stated on the site's IRC channel: "Site is down, tracker is up. Expect the site to return, unless we hear otherwise from [the administrator]."

This wasn't the beginning of legal trouble for Demonoid, however. Only weeks before its shutdown, the CRIA was pressuring the website. At that time, its trackers also went down but then slowly returned. The site came back online after several days, but it was forced to block all Canadian visitors. The CRIA is also currently aiming at French-Canadian torrent site, Quebec Torrent.

Update: The Demonoid tracker is officially down (~4:00PM), affecting hundreds of thousands of files available on torrent websites across the Internet.

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