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Demonoid brought down

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It’s been a long time since I blogged. What made me come out of hibernation?

Demonoid, the popular BitTorrent tracker has been shut down. It says :

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.

It’s come up on Slashdot and Digg. CRIA is apparently -

The Canadian Recording Industry Association is a non-profit trade organization that was founded in 1964 to represent the interests of American companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings in Canada. The organization is based in Toronto.

CRIA is governed by a board of directors who are elected annually by CRIA members. To be eligible for election a candidate for the board must be among the chief executive officers of member companies of the organization. Graham Henderson (Universal Music Canada) is the current president of the CRIA.

according to the Wikipedia article. There are subsections in the article on the 1st Demonoid shutdown and the second Demonoid shutdown. Vandal edits (technically they’re not Vandal edits because policy says “Even harmful edits that are not explicitly made in bad faith are not considered vandalism. For example, adding a personal opinion to an article once is not vandalism — it’s just not helpful, and should be removed or restated.”) are already appearing in the Wikipedia :D ( examples 1 , 2 ).

Down with CRIA.

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Nov 11, 2007