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U.K. police try (and fail) to shut down largest torrent search engine on the Web

The copyright crusade continues: U.K. police today suspended the domain name of Torrentz.eu, a massive search engine for torrent files.

The successful suspension, TorrentFreak reports, resulted from a few warning letters sent by the U.K.’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit, a police unit that launched in September 2013 and had successfully suspended 40 domains by December 2013.

Yet the U.K. police unit’s request failed to cause little more than a hiccup for Torrentz.eu users; the service’s alternate domains (Torrentz.me and Torrentz.ch) remain untouched, and it appears the request will only amount to a temporary suspension of Torrentz.eu’s namesake domain.

The IPCU claims to fight a cyber war against “organised crime gangs” that cost the U.K. music and film industry “hundreds of millions of pounds each year.” These claims contradict numerous studies that find piracy can, in some cases, boost sales in creative industries.


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23 comments
Ümit Durusu
Ümit Durusu

What's more interesting to know is that certain companies in the Movie and Music industry set up special legal constructions in tax havens like The Netherlands to evade certain taxes. Than they complain that copying movies/movies costs the U.K. millions and millions. Okay, dowloading certain things is illegal. But what about those firms evading millions, if not billions, of tax for which the people have to work instead so the government can still get enough cash to run? I wonder who would be the biggest criminals in a just world..... ? Off the record .... did you knwo that U2 which is o so actively involved with so many problems in the world, ranging from AIDS and brining Genetically modified stuff to Africans, has a firm in The Netherlands to evade tax? They keep the millions due to fancy constructions but complain about people copying their $#!t.

Emil Vang Arffmann
Emil Vang Arffmann

Torrentz.eu already do their own sort and censurship on results. They are hardly the prefered seaechengine for torrents anymore. They are more like an ad-engine.

joe mackro
joe mackro

 So it is a contradiction that piracy has led to losses in the music industry because "in some cases, (it boosted) sales?" Doesn't sound like a contradiction - more like an anomaly. Don't get me wrong - i download torrents all the time - but lets not pretend that it isn't hurting the artists.

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

Im still depressed over demonoid.com..... It was the best, but piratebay is the rocking second.

Gary L Waldrop
Gary L Waldrop

Torrents hide child porn. That's the one they should be shutting down and stop worrying about harmless ones

Christopher Finnegan
Christopher Finnegan

I really wish they would stop attacking and start embracing the torrenting community. A person cannot pirate what is made readily available! And the fact remains that torrents are the most easily digestible form of content consumption there is. No flash, java, bloatware crap, etc. to get in the way. Just pure media enjoyment! So much wasted effort trying to fight the future (and present). Get on board already everyone!

Nick Dodson
Nick Dodson

The economy is no different than electricity and water. If a pathway isn't sufficient, a new pathway is found. If an easier pathway exists, of course the flow will go that way. The cable companies have gotten the government to create bottlenecks to make viable solutions illegal, preventing them from even adapting to the modern era. So a big leap is required, one bigger than Hulu and Netflix. Full access on demand, 24/7, and no games when it comes to if it will be there next year, or the ability to own the digital file for a little more. This has been a concept that I have been very tempted to create a company around many times, but then DVRs came to be, then Hulu and Netflix, and no one has been able to make it happen.

Ty Whalin
Ty Whalin

There are a ton of concerns about privacy and data collection now a day's, while some there are some reasons to keep certain aspects of privacy a concern while other area's of data mining are of other concerns; keeping piracy off the net is a good thing if you want my opinion. There are already to many problems on the the net surrounding net neutrality and all. Plus, the copy right laws are in place for a reason, to protect the creators of the content etc...

Hendovich
Hendovich

@VentureBeat you're a respectable business publication. Why do you lend credibility to the idea that thievery helps those stolen from?