London Police Start Ripping Down Torrent Sites, One Letter At a Time…

The City of London Police is trying to get registrars to suspend torrent sites… by sending mean letters.  The nastygram-generator is housed in the new Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

 

The unit has already sent warnings to file-sharing sites, and these warnings actually got some smaller sites to close down.

When the larger torrenting sites were unfazed, PIPCU sent their domain registrars threatening letters.

The letter demands that registrars suspend the accused domain names within 48 hours to “prevent further crime” in the name of the “wider public interest”.  If these sites weren’t in the public interest maybe they wouldn’t be getting millions of hits a day?

This letter also asks that registrars “effectively send the traffic of the torrent sites to a landing page with the City of London Police logo, as well as the logos of their entertainment industry partners”, reports TorrentFreak.

Some registrars agreed to shut sites down, though easyDNS registrar refused to suspend TorrentPond, stating the police request is “overbroad and unfounded as there is no hint of due process.”

Perhaps we should just shut down the whole internet and stop the pesky dissemination of information.  After all, we wouldn’t want to upset our entertainment industry partners.

10 Responses

  1. Visitor

    “If these sites weren’t in the public interest maybe they wouldn’t be getting millions of hits a day?”
    Congratulations, most silly comment this week.

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    • AnAmusedGeek

      I thought the ‘mean letters’ bit was funny…
      Also interesting that they want a landing page with the London Police logo ? Wonder if they’re gonna fund the unit via google ads 😛

      On a more serious note – I thought the EU just passed laws requiring the shutdown of infringing sites? Sounds like they could send more then ‘mean letters’ ??

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  2. Christ

    “If these sites weren’t in the public interest maybe they wouldn’t be getting millions of hits a day?”

    Silk road also got millions of hits. Was that in the public interest. If a child porn platform gets millions of hits is that in the public interest too?

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  3. David
    David

    The idea that Domain Name Registrars can or should only take action against copyright infringers in response to a court order is nonsense. If we consider spam or malware distributors, then DNRs, search engines, email providers, and other key internet players routinely take action against them without any legal process, either on their own initiative or in response to non-judicial complaints. For example, check Google’s anti-spam policies, where they say ‘We fight spam through a combination of computer algorithms and manual review’ – yes, you read that right: Google actually employs people to root out spam! In fact, they claim to take over 500,000 anti-spam actions a month by manual review alone, which implies that they employ a lot of people for the purpose. So why can’t they do the same for copyright infringement? Well, nobody likes spam (except the spammers), so it is in Google’s own interest to weed it out, but lots of people like pirated content, so it is in Google’s interests to do the bare minimum they can get away with.
    As for ICANN and DNRs, apparently there has been a lot of discussion within ICANN about copyright enforcement, and ICANN decided last year to increase its cooperation with law enforcement agencies and governments to combat copyright infringement. So the City of London Police action is in line with existing policies, and it is in principle quite a promising line of attack. But no doubt, as in the case of SOPA, there will be a Torrent (pun intended) of hysteria and misrepresentation from the usual suspects.

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    • Visitor
      Visitor

      “ICANN decided last year to increase its cooperation with law enforcement agencies and governments to combat copyright infringement”
      And about time, too.

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  4. Mikki Wehrly

    Well these are there for the Apple devices I have lying around. The Samsung does not require these, but without these the apple devices will not charge (at least not when they are awaken enough to determine that they are not connected to a proprietary charger). I found the values here.

    http://waterwaterwater000005.org

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