Monday, August 6, 2012

Is Demonoid Dead?

Demonoid, a website and BitTorrent tracker was shut down on August 6th, 2012 by Ukrainian authorities. Demonoid, in it's latest incarnation was hosted out of Ukraine's largest data center ColoCall. TorrentFreak reported that "A source in the country’s Interior Ministry says that the action was scheduled to coincide with Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s trip to the United States." What the connection is aside from trying to cooperate with US authorities is unknown.

The service's troubles go back to 2007 when it was hosted in Canada and was inundated with cease and desist orders. It experienced trouble over the next several years culminating with a DDoS attack from about July 27th onward. In early August, the site started redirecting unsuspecting users to malware sites.

According to TorrentFreak, the current administrator of the site stated "I don't plan on shutting down, but if Im going to fix it I have to do it properly,... That means upgrading a lot of our 7 year old hardware and maybe bringing up the beta only. You know how it goes with demonoid. It might take a while but it will come back."

There are numerous heated debates on both sides of the aisle, but all this being said, what are your thoughts on the service? Is it a rights issue? What about the RIAA and CRIA?