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CRIA allegedly shuts down Demonoid

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 25 Sep 2007 19:50 User comments (81)

CRIA allegedly shuts down Demonoid Demonoid, the very popular torrent tracker, has allegedly been taken down by CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) as users have noticed that both the tracker and the website have been down for at least the last 24 hours.
Although Demonoid and CRIA have yet to deny or confirm the reports it is definitely a possibility that Demonoid's new Canadian ISP shut the site down after being pressured by CRIA. Recently, the ISP said it would pull the plug on Demonoid if it received complaints.

This would be the second time in recent memory that Demonoid has had major downtime, the last time being when it was still based in the Netherlands. The Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN asked the web host Leaseweb to take Demonoid down and hand over the admin's personal information but Demonoid relocated to Canada before anything could come of it.

It seems likely now that Demonoid will have to relocate again, or stay offline and be another huge blow to the BitTorrent community.

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81 user comments

126.9.2007 8:37
Creddly
Inactive

OH DEAR GOD NO!!!

226.9.2007 8:49

Is this the end for Demonoid??

326.9.2007 8:56

I was kind of wondering where they went, well I have the feeling this isn't the end of Demonoid. They will figure out somthing.

426.9.2007 10:00

this is just a RUMOR
i think the source was their IRC, but the demonoid staff said one of their website HDD's crashed..something like that, and that it'd be a few days to get her up and running again

526.9.2007 10:01

I just hope they dont bend over and take it like some other tracker sites have, I hope the make the smart descion and go for one of the last safe places left, Sweden.

626.9.2007 10:39

Yeah, I have also heard that Sweden is a safehaven for torrent trackers. Im sure there are other safehavens as well. Hopefully its just a hard drive crash. Long live Demonoid!

726.9.2007 11:45
2tough4u
Inactive

Host in Iran!

826.9.2007 12:41

I hope it IS only technical difficulties,and that they will be up soon...by far one the best P2P sites...

926.9.2007 12:43
vinny13
Inactive

Ahh!

I had a good ratio too! 2.85 or around there... It's like the Apple store for my iMac but better because everything is free! I trust that site too...

I hope it's a dead HDD or somethin', because I depend on that site lol

1026.9.2007 12:55
morguex
Inactive

Originally posted by Creddly:
OH DEAR GOD NO!!!
You took the words outta my mouth.
Hopefully it is just a broken HD.

Say a little prayer for demonoid all.

Peace all

1126.9.2007 13:13
webe123
Inactive

Demonoid has come back before...no reason to expect they won't this time.

1226.9.2007 13:33

A bit of text I just found thats supposedly from Demonoids IRC Channel...
http://diggdl.googlepages.com/demonoid

1326.9.2007 13:58

Yeah, I trusted that site so much......anyone know of any other similar trackers?

1426.9.2007 17:58

yeah i liked demonoid cause i could find non fake crap on there. this sucks

least we got mininova.... for now

1526.9.2007 19:18

false

1626.9.2007 20:20
WierdName
Inactive

The key word most people seems to be missing is "allegedly."

1726.9.2007 22:01
Creddly
Inactive

It's bad if it goes, but we have to remember something else will come along. There's a new type of internet coming soon that will succeed Broadband, speeds will be faster, etc.

Who knows what new P2P methods will come? All I know is, there is ALWAYS a new P2P software/site/method that comes along and there always will.

They will never stop it.

But I just love Demonoid so much because it has EVERYTHING (Except porn, but who cares, that's everywhere?) !!!

1827.9.2007 1:51

Terrible news.

Hope Demonoid is up and running soon. Good luck to them.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Sep 2007 @ 2:03

1927.9.2007 3:10
hughjars
Inactive

Hmmmm, it's been a few days now.

I hope they get back up and running soon.......otherwise I'll just have to use one of the other several hundred (thousand?) torrent sites out there.

Picking on the more 'high-profile' torrent sites is nothing more than posturing, they aren't stopping a thing.

All this type of idioic counter-productive posing does is harden the resolve of the sharers.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Sep 2007 @ 3:11

2127.9.2007 8:58

What a bummer. I've been a member of the demonoid community for years, and this is a serious blow....And yes, there are other torrent sites out there, but none of them regulated the torrent quality like demonoid. It also served as a community for people to exchange ideas and requests, and to educate people on how to properly rip, encode, and up various forms of media.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Sep 2007 @ 17:18

2227.9.2007 16:42

I guess another one got shot down eh?

2327.9.2007 18:20

Figures. This comes two weeks after I get a handle.

URRGHH!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Sep 2007 @ 18:23

I'm too lazy to ponder a witty signature at the moment. ;)

2427.9.2007 21:26

There is a post on the other thread that is linked by creaky saying that there is a server drive down and they are working to fix it. It should be back in about 3 days....around 9/29 or 9/30. This info is from a member here who apparently knows some info from IRC. I hope this is correct, and the CRIA hype is a myth.

2528.9.2007 6:09

Is this the end of another era for Demonoid?. Is this the end which sweet bliss fails, and vegetates to the never ending horror?

Well, if may be, I had been a user for at least two years, and it will be disappointing, to say the least. I found the torrent site, to be very useful, and accommodating :(

Thanks.

2628.9.2007 12:19

Yeah... Pretty sure the CRIA thing is crap either way... if they had managed to get something shut down, they'd be broadcasting it everywhere they could in an official capacity. Will be nice to have them back up an running :)

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Sep 2007 @ 12:19

2728.9.2007 12:28
morguex
Inactive

Granola is right, I found Demonoid was best for having quality products, unlike some other sites who would let morons upload supposed dvd rips only to find out later that it was just a piece o crap cam movie converted to vob files.(and no, not everyone provides samples)
WEll it's been 2 days plus now for demonoid, I really miss em.

Peace all

2828.9.2007 12:41
Creddly
Inactive

I agree, it feels as though something is missing from my life.

I hope they're back up soon.

I might even take up a religion and start praying for it to come back.

2928.9.2007 13:46

Amongst other things the torrent community preserves old recordings that the recording industry have consigned to the basement and refuse to publish any more - simply because they cannot meet today's "quality standards" - that is quality in terms of electronics not musical quality. I am afraid copyright lasts far too long to protect authors and artistes many of whom are dead long before the copyright runs out - handed on to family or businesses who did nothing towards creating the work. I personally feel that 20 years is long enough for any copyright - if the artiste, or more usually commercial conglomerate, hasnt made their money from it by then maybe it wasnt that good in the first place.

3028.9.2007 14:23
D40
Inactive

It's no big deal. At worst, even if the authorities managed to shut down all P2P, the people would just revert to the way we did it in the old days. We would form a share group of about fifty people. Then we would all pitch in to buy one copy of what ever movie or software everyone wanted. Then we would make copies for everyone that contributed. On top of that, everyone that got a copy would then make copies for their friends, usually for free. They will never get it through their thick heads that there is no practical way to stop people from sharing. LOL!!!
If they were smart and really wanted to stop P2P they would reduce their outrageous prices to the point where people would not go to the trouble of downloading anything.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Sep 2007 @ 18:24

3128.9.2007 17:44

Oh well, it was a good run for Demonoid. Nothing last forever. There will be other P2P's popping up. But I doubt they will match the quality of Demonoid.

3228.9.2007 20:36

looks like the tracker is back up as my arrows just turned blue!!! all we need now is the site to come back up

3328.9.2007 21:24

mine too !

3428.9.2007 21:53

oh i hope it's fake. it would suck trying to get another handle esle where

3528.9.2007 22:25

Lets just hope they relocate.

3628.9.2007 23:34

good spot slacker1 - Demonoid seems to be back in some form

3728.9.2007 23:37

ah well plenty more fish in the sea as they say

3829.9.2007 2:10

I have been using Demonoid for several months. The other BT sites just give me a headache. Demonoid is so pleasant to browse, search, and upload to, it really has a nice user interface. I can set preferences to only show English torrents. And the comments posted by downloaders will quickly show if a torrent is real, fake, or has some other problem. Sometimes the poster will fix problems that the downloaders find with the uploads.

I am sorely missing Demonoid and I wish some of the other tracker sites would copy some of Demonoid's user interface features.

3929.9.2007 3:04

You know, I really agree with VioletHue. Demonoid is a very good example of what the "community" should be. Glad to see it's getting back up.

4029.9.2007 8:15
vinny13
Inactive

I also agree. I've saved a lot of money within the last couple months because of demonoid...

$250+ for CS3? Screw that.

4129.9.2007 8:32

Originally posted by ahiah9:
You know, I really agree with VioletHue. Demonoid is a very good example of what the "community" should be. Glad to see it's getting back up.
What do you meaning "getting back up"? No one has said anything about it coming back.

4229.9.2007 10:15

the site wasn't up this morning. i hope by least 9pm my time i guess.

i aslo argee with VioletHue

4329.9.2007 12:32

IIRC it was mid December 2004 when Demonoid went down for over a month and didn't come back until late January. I think that's when they moved their servers to the Netherlands. That was right before the MPAA took down that Lokitorrent web site amongst others. I'm not too worried about Demonoid.

4429.9.2007 14:18

Trackers are definitely back online according to here. Of course torrentfreak is the one that started the rumor to begin with.

4529.9.2007 15:05
banmrk
Inactive

There is an update about Demon, via this link, was suprised to see it was no on here.

http://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-trackers-back-online-070929/

4630.9.2007 9:44

Demonoid is UP!!!

4730.9.2007 9:46

Originally posted by VioletHue:
Demonoid is UP!!!
it is, but see this too - http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_jump.cfm/566087/3435838



Main PC ~ Intel C2Q Q6600 (G0 Stepping)/Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3/2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500/Zalman CNPS9700/Antec 900/Corsair HX 620W
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4830.9.2007 9:58

the torrentfreak site is unreliable as a source of information. this was proven based upon a posted communication.

a more reliable source of uptodate info re: demonoid is:

http://www.thecircuitbox.com/demonoid/

What is most frustrating is the lack of any warning, news, or information from the administrator of the site; he probably knows at least the source of the problem if not its solution, and should let his community in on the beef.

4930.9.2007 11:13

heh i know it's uyp but i can't get on it. i get this message:
"We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and We need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. If you reside in Canada, that is the reason you are being redirected to this message. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience."

5030.9.2007 11:37

That's similar to the message USA users get when they open Torrentspy. USA users are banned from Torrentspy.

5130.9.2007 14:58
banmrk
Inactive

Demon, was back online today, then they shut down again with a brief message on their site about technical problems. I did use it earlier today so I think it will be back and running soon!

5230.9.2007 15:24
Creddly
Inactive

LONG LIVE DEMONOID !!!

5330.9.2007 15:46
lavet
Inactive

Originally posted by Creddly:
I agree, it feels as though something is missing from my life.

I hope they're back up soon.

I might even take up a religion and start praying for it to come back.
Quote:
I miss it also, you were able to go on the forums and get help within the hour and at least you can see sometimes the picture of the file you are downloading. But I am Canadian and probably won't be able to get back in Demonoid again.

5430.9.2007 16:31
Creddly
Inactive

Don't be silly Lavet, the CRIA rumours were false.

You'll be back on there, getting what you want my friend!

5530.9.2007 17:01
lavet
Inactive

Originally posted by Creddly:
Don't be silly Lavet, the CRIA rumours were false.

You'll be back on there, getting what you want my friend!
Quote:
Well I just checked and it says " the latest changes to the sites is giving them problems and they will be back soon. How do you know exactly that they will let the Canadians back in? It would be nice if it does happen soon!!!

5630.9.2007 17:06
lavet
Inactive

Originally posted by D40:
It's no big deal. At worst, even if the authorities managed to shut down all P2P, the people would just revert to the way we did it in the old days. We would form a share group of about fifty people. Then we would all pitch in to buy one copy of what ever movie or software everyone wanted. Then we would make copies for everyone that contributed. On top of that, everyone that got a copy would then make copies for their friends, usually for free. They will never get it through their thick heads that there is no practical way to stop people from sharing. LOL!!!
If they were smart and really wanted to stop P2P they would reduce their outrageous prices to the point where people would not go to the trouble of downloading anything.
Quote:
This is true if they would drop the prices of movies and CD's they would probably have less sharing and more buying. I wanted to buy my daughter the new Hannah Montana CD and it was $25 plus tax why pay that much and some day it will come down or on sale. I am not paying that much for a CD that will probably be listened to a few time and tossed in the old music corner in her room.These company's are nothing but greedy cry babies.

571.10.2007 1:07
Creddly
Inactive

Lavet, I'm getting that message mate and I'm in the UK.

We'll all be back on our beloved Demonoid in no time.

LONG LIVE DEMONOID!

584.10.2007 5:04

Demonoid is apparently back up, but unfortunately for us Canadians it is not. Canadian IP's are being blocked:

Quote:
We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and We need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this. If you reside in Canada, that is the reason you are being redirected to this message. Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience.
That's what the website posts when I surf there.

594.10.2007 6:07
Creddly
Inactive

I'm sure there's like an IP scrambler that will unblock it for you mate.

I'm sure I've heard of stuff that can get around it. Search around.

Always remember mate, Pirates and Hackers are always one step ahead of filthy little officials.

604.10.2007 6:26
lavet
Inactive

Originally posted by Creddly:
I'm sure there's like an IP scrambler that will unblock it for you mate.

I'm sure I've heard of stuff that can get around it. Search around.

Always remember mate, Pirates and Hackers are always one step ahead of filthy little officials.
Quote:
Know of a good one? I got into Demonoid now but I would like to get into the forums.

614.10.2007 10:17
Creddly
Inactive

I don't know any mate, and I'm not one of these experts at hacking and computers and stuff.

I've always learned from where I've been stuck.

Like in your case, if I couldn't get into Demonoid, I'd learn how, and that's where my computer knowledge comes from.

I would love to be a demon on computer, but I'm probably too dull lol.

626.10.2007 8:26
murdas
Inactive

Wow,im a chat board user for all my music, sofware...etc. I am just
getting into torrents and heard of this wonderful online place called
DEMONOID ! I would be so greatful if someone who is registered
would be willing to give me an invite to join demonoid. I have music
games, just about anything you could imagine in my possesion that if
you needed something I would be willing to drop in your lap...see,
a favor for a favor . lol Let me know if your willing to help me
with my request .

Thanks,

Murdas

636.10.2007 8:39

NO Invite trading here..




Main PC ~ Intel C2Q Q6600 (G0 Stepping)/Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3/2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500/Zalman CNPS9700/Antec 900/Corsair HX 620W
Network ~ DD-WRT ~ 2node WDS-WPA2/AES ~ Buffalo WHR-G54S. 3node WPA2/AES ~ WRT54GS v6 (inc. WEP BSSID), WRT54G v2, WRT54G2 v1. *** Forum Rules ***

646.10.2007 12:16
WierdName
Inactive

Originally posted by creaky:
NO Invite trading here..
It's right in the rules... that people are supposed to read before clicking "agree."

Anyways, to anyone who REALLY wants to get in, just put the registration page, home page, whatever in your start page list if you have a browser with tab browsing. If you don't have a browser with tab browsing, GET ONE. At any one time I can easily have 20 pages open with only one browser but I digress. Eventually you will one day look at the page that says "registration open."

EDIT- http://www.afterdawn.com/software/network_software/web_browsers/
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657.10.2007 14:56
r0cket
Inactive

Being a Canadian user, I was very disappointed to find that this site is no longer available to us in Canada. It was very reliable, the community was great, and the quality of the torrents was unmatched in my opinion.

I've been having to search for new avenues of getting my media fix now and am not as satisfied.

667.10.2007 21:40

*cough*Cough*Proxy server*cough*Cough*
*or*cough*jap*cough

679.10.2007 9:57
r0cket
Inactive

LOL, yeah so I hear but that's all foreign to me. I know nothing about setting that up or how about going to use it.

689.10.2007 10:07
mjfouline
Inactive

AH torrents suck anyway

just use newshroups or dare i say.

Forumw.org

OMG a better thing then torrents

699.10.2007 11:39
morguex
Inactive

twice in here I have seen "No invite trading"

Maybe i'm confused, but giving someone an invite code for free, dosen't seem like trading to me, and if i did give someone an invite code it would be done in a PM.

709.10.2007 11:46

Originally posted by morguex:
twice in here I have seen "No invite trading"

Maybe i'm confused, but giving someone an invite code for free, dosen't seem like trading to me, and if i did give someone an invite code it would be done in a PM.
we mods can't see what goes on in PM's, however we are concerned with Invite Trading on the public forums


snippet from the Forum Rules -

Invites to private sites

Requesting for or offering invites to private sites (such as private torrent trackers or similar private P2P sites) is not allowed. This rule has been requested by several private site administrators, and we honor their request. (Penalty: 2 day ban)

also see here -
http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/473658
http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/498018

719.10.2007 11:51
morguex
Inactive

OK, fair enough.

729.10.2007 14:17
WierdName
Inactive

*whispers in the back*Don't anger the mods*whispers fade*

739.11.2007 22:09

I always wanted to join demonoid. I checked a couple of times everyday and it always said it was closed and i didn't know anyone with a demonoid account. i hope it gets back up. it was the only one that had what i neede

749.11.2007 23:42

this is the latest from the site (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)

7513.11.2007 21:53

so is it gone for good or what??

7614.11.2007 7:44
Creddly
Inactive

Nope. In fact, it's even more obvious this time around that it's not gone, than when the above news statement was made.

7714.11.2007 15:25
lavet
Inactive

Originally posted by Creddly:
Nope. In fact, it's even more obvious this time around that it's not gone, than when the above news statement was made.
Quote:
How do you know that?

7828.4.2010 3:34
Voodoomaria
Unverified new user

Well it hasn't been down 24 hours, I was on Deonoid at 4:am PST (27 Apr.)and it was running fine, So that much of this "Story' isn't true.

Also, If any of the Posters here are American, and you can't get onto Demonoid,, then the rest of the story isn't true either,, as a Canadian Agency doesn't have the Authority to shut down access to a website in the USA Unless it originates within Canada.

Demonoid Doesn't.

This is the same sort of "The Sky is falling" News story that came out last time Demonoid went off the Air due to a System Failure.
Rumors are worthless. Calm Down and wait for REAL news.

Maria.

7928.4.2010 7:32

*Sarcasm*Well done for bringing this article up again.*/Sarcasm*

It was posted in Septemer 2007.

8028.4.2010 12:57
WierdName
Inactive

Quote:
Well it hasn't been down 24 hours, I was on Deonoid at 4:am PST (27 Apr.)and it was running fine, So that much of this "Story' isn't true.

Also, If any of the Posters here are American, and you can't get onto Demonoid,, then the rest of the story isn't true either,, as a Canadian Agency doesn't have the Authority to shut down access to a website in the USA Unless it originates within Canada.

Demonoid Doesn't.

This is the same sort of "The Sky is falling" News story that came out last time Demonoid went off the Air due to a System Failure.
Rumors are worthless. Calm Down and wait for REAL news.

Maria.
Well this story was posted around 2 and a half years ago. I read this 'comment' at 9:40P.M. PST (28 Apr.) and it was full of crap.

Unverified users shouldn't be allowed to dig up old stories.

They are.

This sort of "pulling a story out of its time context then critiquing it as false" is worthless. Wait for REAL comments.
... Except that this story is so old I wouldn't hold your breath for new comments except against digging comment.

An annoyed reader subscribed to this thread from a post years ago.

8128.4.2010 13:07

Originally posted by Voodoomaria:
Well it hasn't been down 24 hours, I was on Deonoid at 4:am PST (27 Apr.)and it was running fine, So that much of this "Story' isn't true.

Also, If any of the Posters here are American, and you can't get onto Demonoid,, then the rest of the story isn't true either,, as a Canadian Agency doesn't have the Authority to shut down access to a website in the USA Unless it originates within Canada.

Demonoid Doesn't.

This is the same sort of "The Sky is falling" News story that came out last time Demonoid went off the Air due to a System Failure.
Rumors are worthless. Calm Down and wait for REAL news.

Maria.

You're wrong, here's the real story for you, "Mary":
Demoniod goes down, AGAIN!!!
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