Demonoid, a popular invite-only BitTorrent tracker, seems to be swimming in some murky waters lately. At the end of September Demonoid was forced to temporarily shutdown by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which is equivalent to America’s RIAA. They came back online a few days later after installing a system to block all Canadian traffic.
Now the CRIA is after them again, but this time they are attacking the company who is renting servers to Demonoid. When you visit the site you’ll see this message:
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.
Apparently the CRIA doesn’t care that P2P music sharing actually helps music sales, at least in Canada.
Despite the site being down I did read reports that the tracker was still up until recently. As of a few minutes ago the tracker was said to be down, which means any in-progress downloads may come to a halt. We just need the seemingly immune Pirate Bay to take Demonoid under their wing like they did with SuprNova.
I’ve been a member of Demonoid for a few months now thanks to one of our readers, Curtiss, who gave me an invite. The thing I love the most about the site is the quality comments that people leave, and when Demonoid comes back online I’ll be sure to hand out some invites!