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Sedo Halts Demonoid Domain Name Sale Citing "Legal Issues"

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the what's-in-a-name? dept.

Piracy 32

hypnosec writes "Demonoid domain names that were put up for sale last week have been de-listed by Sedo because of 'legal issues'. Trouble for Demonoid started sometime during the last week of July when it was rendered inaccessible following DDoS attacks after which it started serving malware laden ads. About four days after these reports, Ukrainian authorities got the best of Demonoid and closed down the site entirely by raiding the hosting service provider of the site. Sedo has said that no third-party or law enforcement agency has ordered the de-listing of the domain names."

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32 comments

So much disinformation (1)

BenJeremy (181303) | about 2 years ago | (#41046053)

The summary probably has most of it right, but so many bits of news have come out, who knows what the whole picture is on this? Admins in Mexico, there was a raid, then there wasn't, now there was... WTF?

Demonoid was a great site... nicely browseable listings, great search capability, and a good community that kept content clean (or at least well reported malware or false positives).

I hope their UI can be resurrected by somebody else and they attract many of the members of Demonoid that made that site so good.

Re:So much disinformation (4, Informative)

houghi (78078) | about 2 years ago | (#41046157)

http://kat.ph/ [kat.ph] is nice.

Re:So much disinformation (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41046255)

jerk...
Thanks for putting this on the radar.

Re:So much disinformation (2)

nurb432 (527695) | about 2 years ago | (#41046883)

You know the industries have teams dedicated just to scour the net for stuff like that right? If you have a user base large enough to be useful, you are already on their radar.

Re:So much disinformation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41046953)

Wow. So... they claim to be in trouble because of piracy, and what do they do? They waste more money hiring people to scour the net in a futile effort to get people to stop copying things. Truly pathetic.

Re:So much disinformation (3, Insightful)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | about 2 years ago | (#41047067)

According to this fascinating PDF [ustr.gov] , kat is very much on the radar, along with Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, Btjunkie, torrentz, Rutracker, zamunda, warez-bb and others, including, of course, Demonoid. I don't doubt that it's someone's job to scour the net for this stuff of course... but I do doubt that they get many scoops here at /.

Re:So much disinformation (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 2 years ago | (#41047381)

Might be a cool job actually, aside from having to turn people in. You get to surf 'questionable' sites all day long and get paid.

Re:So much disinformation (2)

mrclisdue (1321513) | about 2 years ago | (#41046903)

http://kat.ph/ [kat.ph] is nice.

ya, but no, really.

Demonoid is/was special, and it's a shame to see it in limbo. I haven't come across a site that's even remotely similar in content, searchability, reliability (all things considered), and community. Some great posters, and some great torrents (specifically lossless audio.)

I'd sure appreciate being in the loop re: similar sites.

Hopefully it gets sorted soon....

cheers,

Re:So much disinformation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41049651)

There are a few private sites that are great for specialized content, I'm on a tv show site, for example with a great community. For everything else, it's pretty much torrentz.eu as a cold search.

Re:So much disinformation (1)

neminem (561346) | about 2 years ago | (#41055107)

Heh. I'm on a tv show site too, it's pretty amazing. I'm not even going to post anonymously, cause screw that. I'm not going to say where it is, though, cause they don't really like that much.

For everything else... I just use google. :p

Re:So much disinformation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41051471)

given how long the last outage was, i wouldn't hold your breath. and that was when they had control over their servers.

Re:So much disinformation (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:So much disinformation (-1, Flamebait)

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Re:So much disinformation (4, Funny)

linebackn (131821) | about 2 years ago | (#41047213)

> , there was a raid, then there wasn't, now there was... WTF?

Exactly. There was a RAID... and then there wasn't!

Just had to say that. :)

Anyway, Demonoid has bounced back so many times in the past it just doesn't seem right to think that it might finally be gone for good. Guess we will have to just wait and see.

a shame for content producers (1, Troll)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | about 2 years ago | (#41046091)

Now there's less exposure to alternative works, people are less like to buy.

Shifted to Brazil... (4, Interesting)

beaverdownunder (1822050) | about 2 years ago | (#41046105)

It appears from the whois that Demonoid's domains have been transferred to a registrar in Brazil.

That would make a certain amount of sense. The 'legal issue' is probably that Sedo didn't actually have the right to sell the domains.

However, this development does encourage the notion that Demonoid intends to come back...

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (1)

mihai.todor85 (1663759) | about 2 years ago | (#41046197)

Let their demon hear you, bro! :)

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41046333)

please dont call people "bro"

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41046377)

You got it, bro.

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (-1, Offtopic)

mihai.todor85 (1663759) | about 2 years ago | (#41046401)

Funny, but let's try not to get offtopic :)

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (1)

mihai.todor85 (1663759) | about 2 years ago | (#41046391)

Oh, c'mon... I wasn't trying to insult anyone. If the people around here are sensitive to such things (I rather doubt it), I'll help myself next time.

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41047417)

Stop feeding the trolls, bro.

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41046357)

RAWR!!!!!!1!

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (4, Interesting)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | about 2 years ago | (#41046809)

I wouldn't be surprised. Sedo always gave me the impression they are a seedy operation to begin with. Rumored domain frontrunning via sister division 1&1's whois search is one of them.

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (2)

AlienIntelligence (1184493) | about 2 years ago | (#41048095)

I wouldn't be surprised. Sedo always gave me the impression they are a seedy operation to begin with. Rumored domain frontrunning via sister division 1&1's whois search is one of them.

I always heard Sedo was GoDaddy's way of selling off domains. Have some kinda proof about the 1and1 before I cancel my 100 domains and hosting with them?

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41050591)

Sedo and 1&1 are both owned by United Internet (http://www.united-internet.de) and Sedo's business practices are quite suspect..

Re:Shifted to Brazil... (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#41050935)

I've always wondered about that - I mean demonoid was probably registered for a number of years (WHOIS says until 2016, but who knows).

And now a registrar can go and decide that they think they can make more money selling your domain from under you?

Especially since domains were prepaid...

The US government... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41047127)

must stop propping up failed business models by spending billions of American's dollars on this non-sense. This and other tyrannical actions is why this President needs to be consigned to the trash-heap of history.

Re:The US government... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41047219)

Nice try for a political straw man, douchebag. Do you think the "loyal opposition" would do ANY better (or different)?

Oh, and nutbag, I doubt any American $$ was spent on this. The Ukraine govt thugs did all the work for the MAFIAA's this time.

IOW, GFY, Moron.

Backup Copies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41049095)

It'd be nice if someone had a recent backup of demonoid so it could be put up on another domain, and on tor...

So what happened to the owners? (1)

rastoboy29 (807168) | about 2 years ago | (#41049133)

I haven't heard any consequences to the actual owners of the domain?

I wonder why they didn't take precautions similar to TPB?

I'm missing my Demonoid....

hax (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41052065)

gee i wonder who was hacking them then.

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