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Popular music torrent site What.cd gets shut down

By Scorpus
Nov 18, 2016
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  1. The most popular invite-only music torrent site, What.cd, has been shut down following a series of raids on its servers in France. The operators of the site confirmed through Twitter that they are "not likely to return any time soon" in their current form.

    What.cd did not go into detail about the events that lead to the shut down, however other reports claim that France's National Gendarmerie (aka. the federal police) seized the servers that ran the site, its torrent tracker, and its IRC channels. Despite the seizure of these servers, the site is still accessible, although it now displays a short message about the shut down.

    At this stage it's not clear what has happened to the operators of What.cd, as there are no reports about arrests related to the site. The message on What.cd suggests that all user data has been destroyed.

    What.cd first appeared on the scene in 2007 shortly after another popular music torrent site, oink.cd, was shut down in a joint British and Dutch police operation. What.cd quickly grew to be the biggest invite-only music torrent site on the internet, and facilitated the piracy needs of millions of users over the past nine years.

    Following this shut down, there aren't many music-specific torrent sites online any more. However, as is the case with most pirate site closures, users will simply flock to one of the many other sources of pirated music on the internet, or create an entirely new site to take What.cd's place.

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  2. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 336   +132

    This war on piracy is just turning into another war on drugs.
     
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +17

    These shutdowns are actually technically unlawful in themselves. Somebody is pulling strings making it happen but remember file SHARING is illegal. Torrent websites have survived as long as they have because they DON'T host files. They merely host locations to files. Apparently an ip address to where a file is located is now illegal? I think not. They're too lazy to go after the people actually doing the sharing so they're going after the sites to make it more difficult.
     
  4. agello24

    agello24 TS Rookie

    One day people will learn that google is the way to go. they put free music right in your face.
     

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