Dozens of Torrent Sites May Be Shut Down


Dozens of torrent sites, including well-known platforms like, and, could be forced to shut down by the end of this week, leaving the file-sharing world in turmoil. The expected mass exodus is due to a broad change of policy at the Dutch web hoster LeaseWeb, which used to be a reliable partner for many torrent sites but has recently come under pressure by rights holders.

The Netherlands isn’t the only region feeling the heat; rights holders are increasing the pressure on torrent sites around the world. P2P communities in recent weeks have been forced offline in Iceland, Canada, the UK and Hungary, leaving some P2P users to wonder if there are any safe places left for file-trading platforms. [digg=]

LeaseWeb was known in the P2P scene for their hands-off approach when it came to torrent sites. But it had a change of heart after the Dutch anti-piracy organization Stichting BREIN was able to get an injunction against the company. The court ordered LeaseWeb to turn over personal information of a customer who was running a torrent site, and to take the site in question offline. The company declared in a statement that it is appealing the decision, but in the meantime has no choice than to take torrent sites offline at the request of rights holders.

LeaseWeb has sent emails to a number of torrent site admins in recent days, giving them until Saturday to move their data to a different hosting provider, according to
P2P news site Torrentfreak. It’s unclear yet exactly how many torrent sites will be forced to shut down, but it’s worth noting that LeaseWeb isn’t just hosting dozens of torrent sites — it also has a number of wholesale clients who sublease their servers to P2P communities.

The company also used to be the hosting company for the well-know torrent site Demonoid, that is until Demonoid was forced to move to Canada to evade legal pressure. The site didn’t get to enjoy Canada for too long, though; Demonoid was forced offline about two weeks ago by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. With the Netherlands and Canada out of the picture, one can only guess where torrent sites are going to move next.



One offense I would like to point out is the severe lack of data loss support by Apple. If you’ve bought music with your own money on iTunes and then have lost it for one reason or another, there is no way to download it again. I recently had my entire system crash and had to re install it so I put on the new windows 7. Now when I go to itunes I am unable to download any of the music I spent money on.
Its over $50 in music.

I never buy music on itunes anymore thanks to this.
Way to perpetuate piracy iTunes.
I wouldn’t have to download it if iTunes would just allow multiple downloads of items purchased.

The reason behind this is that the music industry charges iTunes money per download and not per purchase, which is unbelievably greedy and makes absolutely no sense. CHarge per purchase, because downloading is free.


what the copyright holders should realize is that the quality of most torrents is not very good.
People, like myself, who have a cd & dvd collection will continue to buy what we like. Downloading it first may boost actually sales (in time) bc people want the better quality and whatever extras.
For a long time music companies took advantage of the technology by selling cd’s for even more than LP’s when cd’s were cheaper to produce.

When i find something I really like in music or movies I go out and buy it. I have 20 cd’s I would not own if I did not discover the music online ( and then finding it on limewire) File sharing is risky as well. These industries need to develop business plans that take the new technologies into consideration or develop others that work in tandem. DO NOT go after your customers bc that is much more offensive to the public than people downloading a mediocre copy of something offline.
And just like the music industry was up in arms when cassette recorders became available, screaming that if people recorded songs off the radio there would be no need to buy the record!

They adapted then and they need to adapt now. Itunes and amazon mps downloading, selling, is a step in the right direction. They can also cd’s and dvd’s more desirable by adding extras and making them CHEAPER! Maybe some cool software in there, or extra tracks or dvd features.


what we need is a ‘site’ that is peer to peer in nature and distributed via bittorrent itself.

everyone would receive a daily update , perhaps subscribe to certain categories for automatic downloading.

groups / sites / categories could have a digg type popularity system so you can see what is recommended by other peers.

all encrypted of course.

not sure how it would work but the current method of website distribution for the .torrent files leave us with a vulnerability we need to fix.


With the exception of Demonoid these sites are smallfry that are ignored by the majority of Torrent users who know what they are doing. Demonoid itself already has its forum back up and is currently shopping for a new host.

Piracy is not something that will ever stop, people don’t realise that bittorent is just the end, mass user, branch of the piracy network, Usenet is where almost all of the big name TV shows and movies show up first before filtering down to the torrent sites over a number of hours or days and usenet which is almost as old as the Internet itself has been used for piracy since the days of the 28k modem.


They did take down mininova. But mininova decide to go through a contract to keep their torrents going and also they cant run certain titles. They can’t run major titles, nothing new.

David Mullings

(1) If it was your movie or song, would you want to get paid for your hard work and investment of time and money?

(2) The good usually suffer for the bad if the good don’t help to police the bad

(3) I buy books – used – not interested in shuffling papers. They are much easier to read when bound from the get go.


While it’s good news for people owning the copyrights, thousands or maybe even more people around the world who are by now used to downloading content from torrents will be devastated. I would like to make a point or two here about toreents
1) While most of the torrents downloaded are fairly recentish movies and music, (I am assuming the movie industry loses the most.) people also download other things that most organisations don’t care about really.

2) If it comes to copyright violation, then you will be amazed to see the number of books that get photocopied every year. Don’t these people lose out as well ? No one buys books any longer as photocopies work out upto 60 % cheaper!!

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