London Police Suspend Torrent Domain

Torrentz logoThe London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has requested the suspension of the torrentz.eu domain, which hosts the largest torrent search engine on the internet, according to Torrent Freak.

However the seizure hasn’t been totally successful as the site continues to operate under two alternative domains and, according to the report, is hoping to move its .eu domain to a new registrar.

“Over the past few months City of London Police have been working together with copyright holders to topple sites that provide or link to pirated content,” Torrent Freak reported.

“The police started by sending warning letters to site owners, asking them to go legit or shut down. Late last year this was followed by a campaign targeted at domain registrars, asking them to suspend the domain names of several ‘illegal’ sites.

“A few days ago police sent out another round of requests to various domain name registrars, asking them to suspend the domains of several allegedly infringing sites. Before the weekend we reported that the cyberlocker search engine FileCrop was targeted, and today the same happened to Torrentz.eu.”

There are still several Torrentz domains operating, and the torrent search engine can be accessed via torrentz.ch and torrentz.me.

The suspension follows some ccTLD hopping by The Pirate Bay last year. In one week in December The Pirate Bay changed its ccTLD four times, starting at .sx (Sint Maarten), but pressure from the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN saw it pack its bags and move on to .ac (Ascension Island). After a 24 hour stay there it was off to .pe (Peru) for 24 hours, then .gy (Guyana) for 24 hours and then on to .se (Sweden) where it remains today.

To read more on this report, see the Torrent Freak report at:
torrentfreak.com/torrentz-eu-domain-suspended-uk-police-request-140526