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Postby IceCube » Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:57 am

The Dutch organization BREIN took action this week, resulting in the <a hre=http://www.slyck.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=368807#368807 target=_blank>dismantling</a> of two BitTorrent sites.

The Dutch anti-piracy organization sent a cease and desist letter to the web host provider of Extremepowertorrents.nl. According to BREIN, there was no action on part of the web host or the torrent site owner on a prior demand for 6 weeks. On Monday, BREIN visited the hosting provider to repeat these demands. As a result, the hosting provider sent a cease and desist letter to the site operator, and the website was shut down.

While the investigation may appear straightforward, BREIN ran into difficulties identifying the site owner as the website's registration details are falsified. On further investigation, they discovered another website, Freakytorrents.org, had the same false registration details. It was alleged that the website hosted 650 torrent 'links' and had 11,000 registered users.

Because of the hosting provider's inaction for six weeks against the "illegal" torrent sites, BREIN is seeking additional damages of upwards of 280,000 Euros against the web host. This is an unusual move in copyright enforcement, considering ISPs are generally granted safe harbor against third party "misuse."

"If a cease and desist [order] to the site operators is impossible or without result, BREIN contacts the hosting provider and demands immediate cessation and the disclosure of identity details of the site operator." BREIN said, "Providers who then knowingly and willingly continue hosting the illegal sites can also be held liable."
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Postby ejonesss » Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:40 am

does anyone have the ip address for Freakytorrents.org because it may be possible that it is just the name resolver that was attacked in this case.
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Postby eAi » Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:17 am

650 torrents? Thats hardly major is it?
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Postby blargh » Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:26 am

650 torrents down, omai, this means that the torrentz r soon teh ded! ruuunz!

.. on a serious note though, do they actually think this constitutes a "big bust"?
Personally, I've never heard of this site to be honest.
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Postby GB » Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:50 pm

I bet ThePirateBay.org get more than 650 links posted per week.

Small fry.
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Postby 216.133.204.228 » Fri Nov 24, 2006 2:31 pm

BREIN kicking ass again. theyre so tuff :roll:
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Postby kennyg101 » Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:57 pm

Yes, another bust of a completely inconsequential site in the netherlands. Makes me a tad suspicious that the authorities are just going through the motions.
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Postby Fartingbob » Sat Nov 25, 2006 9:51 am

I bet this effected litrally tens of people. All of whom would have just started usinganother right away, but that doesnt matter, in BEIN's eyees its a significant bust.
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Re: BREIN Forces Torrent Sites Offline

Postby hemi426 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:51 am

IceCube wrote:BREIN ran into difficulties identifying the site owner as the website's registration details are falsified.

I'm glad to see that site owners aren't all so dumb that they register the site under their real name and address.

If USA-based Elite Torrents admin Grant Stanley had followed the same strategy, he might have stayed out of jail.

It's also generally a bad idea for the owner to host the site in the same country where he lives (especially the USA!) as well as pay with any traceable payment method.

Maybe it can be considered a form of Darwinian evolution - the sites that easily get shut down and the guys that get jailed should not have been in the torrent business from the start.
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Postby masukie » Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:20 am

brein are corrupt retarded guys! fuck them in the ass!
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