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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Greek BitTorrent Website Shut Down

Greek BitTorrent Website Shut Down

Greek BitTorrent Website Shut Down

Added: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Greek police arrested six people thought to be the admins of the BitTorrent tracker site Gamato, which was estimated be the 13th most popular Greek site by alexa.com, and Statbrain.com calculated about 155,000 daily visitors of the site before it’s been shut down

As IFPI (the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) says, Greek cops have shut down Gamato.info, the largest BitTorrent website in the country, accusing it of encouraging copyright violation, pending trial.

Director of anti-piracy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Jeremy Banks declared that Gamato.info had been encouraging the distribution of copyrighted films, games, books and music illegally. He also mentioned that it was the clear illustration of how those illicit operations could damage a great number of European creative industries. However, Banks didn’t say how exactly peer-to-peer networks were damaging creative industries of Europe, and he didn’t even offer any kind of evidence in order to support his allegation. So it seems like nobody knows the truth at the moment.

The website closure caused raids in Greek cities Larissa, Aridaia, Athens and Salonika, leading to the arrest of 6 admins connected with the site. The police acted reposing on the hints from IFPI Greece, the establishment representing the local music industry, and from MPA, representing the worldwide film industry.

Jeremy Banks added that the Greek police quickly acknowledged that it wasn’t a victimless crime and therefore took the action against people shamelessly profiting from the creative works of the others. He announced this “skillfully executed action taken by a highly knowledgeable police force” to be intended to act as a deterrent for other Greek people who are considering being involved into online piracy.

Well, his words are still laughable. It looks like the story with long defunct BitTorrent tracker website OiNK is all over again. Banks makes the same argument which was used against OiNK at trial, suggesting that admins of the website were profiting from it. Do they still think tracker websites are run on dreams and hopes?

Since it’s the second case for a month of a national tracker closure (yet the Russian Torrents.Ru moved to RuTracker.Org without such losses), the trend is still clear – the largest trackers in the countries keep being closed down for a deterrent.

March 16th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site Friend (2010-03-16 09:23:36)
magiccrack avatarYou stated in the Article that these admins were profiting, thats not what sharing is all about, does ET make money out of its torrents, probably it does, but ive always been led to believe it doesnt.

Pirates who profit out of other ppls work get everything they deserve.

Pirates who share should be warned but profiting out of others work is not right.

posted by (2010-03-16 10:34:37)
ceo54 avatari am regestering that domain lets see what that fucckers can do....
just kidding
but really they shud broaden their vision and look at the greater picture pirate community is bound to exist like viruses exists for OS that makes compettion possible
thats what importatnt
thnx for the article........

posted by
(2010-03-16 11:26:07)
SaM avatarmagiccrack i said that Banks were suggesting that admins r profiting from their sites,the same story they made against OiNK r used by them now again...

posted by (2010-03-16 12:01:10)
jerry000 avatarohhh God pls don't let these kind of a things to happen to ET..No body can 100% destroy torrent sharing from the internet..coz millions of torrent sharing people already exist on the earth.they won't let that kind of things to happen.!!!!!!!!!

posted by Site Friend (2010-03-16 12:43:59)
magiccrack avatar@ SaM, sorry :D

posted by (2010-03-16 14:52:51)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarwow thats crazy...thx for the read update !!!

posted by (2010-03-16 16:32:05)
BenjaWiz avatarWhen you make a Donation to (ET) your helping keep the website up and running as well as sharing with your fellow man it's not the same as selling CD's on street corners.

posted by (2010-03-16 16:38:00)
BenjaWiz avatarWebsites such as (ET) cost a lot to run and they have always offered free accounts and downloads to all where as the guy on the street corner is just looking to make profits and wouldn't give you nothing for free so anyone who thinks (ET) is making profits needs to rethink the whole idea (ET) is about sharing but they do need our donations to keep things running uploaders don't make anything they upload cause sharing is caring..

posted by (2010-03-16 21:47:33)
crownandthedown avatarYou are all wrong ET does make money, you see the advertising, that means money. Its not that complex. Every time you click on of those ads depending on the set-up they have with there affiliate they get money, either for submits, signups etc...

People do your research.

posted by (2010-03-17 00:06:09)
No avatarwe use the torrents services bcos its free not to be charge for ths is bullshit, in my case thts pur justice to thm.

if ur strictly against ppl making movie outta torrrents thn plz file a complain on www.bwt.com, thy have the all the bollywood movies nd tv shows as well as very good seeders, but problem is thy charge u nd make money lyk tht which is totalyy unacceptable
thnk for co-coerations

posted by (2010-03-17 00:10:27)
No avatarexcuse me! crownandthedown

are you gna pay for the servers, we r lucky wer nt getting charged for it, well tbh thts rng to charge ppl, bu i think u shud rephrase wt you`ve written mate

posted by (2010-03-17 00:42:24)
Stayingtrue avatarAnother one bites the dust...Not cool!!!!

posted by (2010-03-17 07:17:32)
dougie avatarCourse this site makes money. Magiccrack you know as well as i do Big Boss Makes Money.
If you do a bit of research you can see exactly how much this site worth and takings a day etc....:)Admin spends on Vodka lol.

posted by (2010-03-17 09:22:39)
Brynn217 avatarThe servers make money, running this site takes time and should bring some income as well for the people who do the work.... I am sure it doesnt make anyone rich... Making maybe $10k a year from doing all the work of running a site is not gonna feed your family, pay your rent... you still need a real 9-5 job too....

posted by Site Friend (2010-03-17 12:10:02)
magiccrack avatar@ Dougie, so thats why costs went up, admins vodka needs to be replenished lol, cheers dougie, yip i regularly check ET's standing on the value of it, and its not far behind Microsoft lol, ET wishes :D

Yip servers cost money, so does the family, its all money money, and MPAA want some too....

posted by (2010-03-17 12:54:50)
BenjaWiz avatar@Crown maybe you should do research on leeching and not giving back.

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