Last month, we witnessed ShareBeast get completely wiped from the internet by the RIAA, US Department of Justice, FBI, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (NIPRCC), and US Department of Homeland Security, with a US District Court judge authorizing the TLD (‘Top Level Domain’) removals. This month, the teardown is happening in Florida, where Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) are all trying to bury MP3 Skull, a repository of pirated links that draws tens of millions of users.
In the latest salvo, the RIAA asked a Florida District Court judge to issue a default judgement against the MP3 Skull pirate hub, and impose $22.2 million in statutory damages along with a permanent injunction that would block all domain name registrars from working with the site.
Just this morning, MP3skull.to shifted to MP3skull.wtf, MP3skull,info, and a variety of other domain names, with top-ranked Google listings still intact. The ‘.to’ designation ties back to the island of Tonga, though that’s just the registrar country. As for ‘.wtf,’ that doesn’t seem to have a specific country designation.
That raises questions of where in the world MP3 Skull is located, and court filings indicate the site has failed to respond to complaints (initiating the request for the default, $22.2 million judgement and subsequent shutdown of all domains).
Written while listening to the ‘Nice Hair with the Chainsmokers’ podcast.