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.