French Authorities Shut Down Two Top French Piracy Sites

French Authorities Shut Down Two Top French Piracy Sites
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French Authorities Shut Down Two Top French Piracy Sites
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Au Revoir, torrent Zone Telechargement et DL-Protect. Tu vas nous manquer.

Two weeks ago, French military police seized immensely popular private music torrent tracker What.CD. Now, they’ve taken down an even bigger prize:

According to, the popular French torrent site ranked #11 in French websites, and 442 all over the world. had millions of visitors.

The official Twitter account for the French National Gendarmerie took credit for the takedown.


Roughly translated, the tweet reads,

“# CyberSecurity Closure of an illegal download site #Music #Films #Games after SR #Toulouse & # C3N ➡️Prevention 75M €.”

The tweet estimated that the website caused over €75 million in damages alone. Zone Telechargement offered direct film, games, and music downloads, among others.

The website, founded in 2011, surged after MegaUpload shut down. The website was hugely popular in France.

The National Gendarmerie also took down a second site. Direct-download site DL-Protect also went offline. However, the Twitter account didn’t give details on this. Alexa ranks DL-Protect as the 19th top French site, and #823 around the world. broke the news, and wrote that both sites generated €10 million in revenue.

French authorities worked with Andorran police. In total, authorities apprehended seven people, with two still in custody. The same people allegedly ran both sites. Furthermore, authorities seized real estate, bank accounts, and several cars, along with various bitcoin wallets. This is part of SACAM, the French music industry group and movie group ALPA’s attempts to shut down online piracy.

TorrentFreak reports that SACAM will issue an official comment later on today.

One Response

  1. Versus

    “the website caused over €75 million in damages alone”

    Just shutting down sites is not enough. How are these damages going to be corrected? How will those who lost their livelihoods be compensated? How will the thieves be punished?