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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Ukrainian Government Took Down Largest File-Sharing Site

Ukrainian Government Took Down Largest File-Sharing Site

Ukrainian Government Took Down Largest File-Sharing Site

Added: Saturday, February 4th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Six months ago a number of tech firms, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Graphisoft, launched an investigation in Ukraine. As a result, the country’s government has finally closed down the largest file-sharing website in Ukraine – Ex.ua.


Ex.ua was started three years ago, and since then its user base has grown to millions. In fact, the service was rated as one of the most visited online locations in Ukraine. Like other torrent trackers, the website allowed its users to share files for free, but profited from advertising. Of course, much of the shared content appeared to be infringing, and an investigation was launched against the service. Finally, after 6 months of criminal investigation, the online location was shut down the other day.

A spokesperson of the government has explained that the service was under scope. In addition, its two hundred of servers had been seized, as well as an astonishing 6.000 terabytes of data. Moreover, 16 employees had been taken in for questioning. As the Ukrainian authorities announced, the website was founded by a Latvian citizen.

Considering the latest events in the file-sharing world, one may compare the Ukrainian situation with what happened to MegaUpload, and that is because both of the services share similarities. However, Ex.ua set itself apart from other file-sharing services by allowing its users to search for content and browse categories like “MP3” and “Video”.

A couple years ago the Recording Industry Association of America reported Ex.ua to the Office of the US Trade Representatives, calling it as a “pirate haven”. They claimed that it was the largest service in the country and the vast majority of the web users in Ukraine used the portal to download music and movie content. At the same time, the RIAA pointed out that none of the content made available on the portal has been authorized by the rights holders and the website administrators were unresponsive to takedown notices over thousands of music titles available there.

At the moment it is unknown how this story might end. The website is closed and most of its users switched to its nearest neighbor – Russian RuTracker, which has also suffered from the authorities a couple years ago and had to move to another domain. If Ex.ua’s operators are found guilty, they risk a sentence of up to 5 years in jail.

February 4th,2012

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Date:  Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Comments (18) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSuperman (2012-02-04 15:12:15)
mickjapa108 avatarEx.ua’s tracker is live & kicking its not down

posted by (2012-02-04 16:25:01)
N3K avatarlooks like strife to me

posted by Blocked (2012-02-04 17:28:23)
_theresaskeeteronmypeeter_ avatarWell everyone with an IQ over 10 knows ET is Ukrainian based so I guess ET is next.............

posted by (2012-02-04 17:42:55)
samps avatar#4 LOL

posted by Blocked (2012-02-04 18:53:26)
No avatarbased on what i experienced,
et might be an entity from india.
eat the free chow when it's hot
swallow anything up while it's still free.
end of the free buffet treat is near....

posted by (2012-02-04 22:42:16)
ic3m4l3 avatar_theresaskeeteronmypeeter_
dont forget folks with flagfox lol

posted by Blocked (2012-02-04 23:33:54)
OstrichWrangler avatarOMG! I do hope they do not keep shutting down the filesharing sites. Where will SiLvErDuSt get her cheesy porn to retag? - I think samps meant #7 LOL

posted by Blocked (2012-02-04 23:36:42)
Mohandas_GUnit avatarcome on man! nobody download that silverdust guys porn! its not even good nuff to be called cheesy. its d rated wanna be porn from a wannabe woman anyways man

posted by ET junkiemen (2012-02-05 02:15:25)
4GET avatarspasbiba ballshy still community minus 35 tnx

posted by (2012-02-05 12:40:37)
AtticAtac avatarAlways thought ET was in the Seychelles

posted by (2012-02-05 12:56:56)
plisscin avatarI thought ET went home.

posted by Blocked (2012-02-05 12:59:03)
No avatarso wannabe reds/brown/blues(PMSROFL arsbo stop dreaming about it) not spamming the site anymore? what happened to you all?
DON has found new way to kiss ass by making videos(lame dork),so he must be real busy but what about the rest of the gang?

FYI ET is going nowhere FULLSTOP.

posted by (2012-02-05 13:47:47)
ic3m4l3 avatarxX_moonpie_Xx

aww thanx lol

posted by Blocked (2012-02-05 13:49:24)
No avatarwith #13 partial agree

posted by (2012-02-05 14:16:51)
ic3m4l3 avatarlol

posted by Trusted Uploadermen (2012-02-06 08:14:41)
Jooge avatarBtjunkie has been taken down because of pressure. God I hope This never happens here


posted by (2012-02-06 10:26:39)
_HiTMaN_ avatarThat's lame Btjunkie is gone too because of fear ...hope bitsnoop doesn't do the same.

posted by (2012-02-06 17:19:17)
giblet avatarWe are doomed........

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