British Police Took Down MP3 Search EngineAdded: Saturday, September 13th, 2014
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The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit seized a domain name of the well-known search engine MP3Juices. After yet another suspension, the owners of the service get ready for the worst and are looking for a new domain name.
The City of London Police has been actively cooperating with rights owners over the past few months in an attempt to topple websites providing or linking to pirated material. British cops started with sending out notifications to website operators to ask them to either go legit or seize their operations. Back in 2013, a campaign targeted at domain registrars followed, where the police demanded them to suspend the domain names of a number of “infringing” websites.
Although many registrars have denied such demands due to lack of any legal basis, some of them decided to cooperate. For example, a few days ago just another site fell victim to the police’s campaign: MP3Juices lost its domain name and there is little hope to get it back.
MP3Juices was quite popular, accounting for more than a million visitors per month. At the moment, all of them have to search the web for an alternative, because the website of the service now displays a prominent police banner saying that the site is under criminal investigation for online copyright infringement.
The domain of MP3Juices was suspended by its domain name registrar Internet.bs. The same company has previously suspended the domains of a number of other portals, including Cricfree.tv. The interesting part is that Cricfree.tv received a permission to transfer its domain to another registrar after threatening the registrar to take legal steps.
Looking at the trend, owners of the alleged pirate websites are now looking for safe heavens and new registrar who won’t give in to complaints from the UK authorities. One of them is the Canadian registrar EasyDNS, because it is known for fiercely protesting PIPCU’s efforts. The police are trying to insist by sending the registrar a threatening letter, claiming that the company itself could be held liable for refusal to cooperate.
The industry experts suggest that bypassing registrars altogether may become a new trend for the services like MP3Juices. Indeed, cutting out the registrar and going directly to the TLD’s registry is the best way, because the latter would normally only respond to a court order, not threats from police.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
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Saturday, September 13th, 2014
|oh dear people being beheaded in their own back gardens in london and the police try to block web site's.no wonder no one has any respect for them|
|I blame Apple for all this. They created a "need" for portable music, no matter how crappy it sounds. I still prefer my (almost as crappy) physical cds. I don't listen to music on my phone and don't have an mp3 player. Maybe I'm stuck in the past but if they just made music files "un-sharable" somehow they wouldn't have to do all this. iTunes kind of does this already but again, the music still sounds wonky, and they have such a strangle hold on the market but magically don't get sued like Microsoft.|
|posted by (2014-09-14 23:45:55)|
|@2 apple only have the stranglehold if your sucked into buying apple products, and then if you are you can still get your mp3 albums elsewhere on the interweb, i used to spend hundreds on music when i was younger on vinyl (showing my age now), to youngsters vinyl was a circular bit of plastic with grooves on it that spun on a turntable and you placed a needle on to it and viola music appeared...|
but now the crap thats produced i can honestly say id never purchase nothing these days....its crap, so if i wanted to copy my music i will do as i please...
stick to androids that way you can shove it to apple..
|I guess London have a low crime rate that the law enforcement|
there have nothing better to do than taking down websites
All though I'm not really a Apple fan, but they do make some
solid products. I just don't like the stranglehold tactics they use
and the crazy high prices $$$. People really believe that Apple's
products and laptops is a must have. Just try playing a popular
intense 3D Game on one of their top computers. Building your
own computer is the only way to go!
|I remember allofmp3 was bigger than iTunes a few years ago, it had such a wide range of music. It was also a very stylish and advanced site, I am talking about the feel and mood of the site, and the download manager they used.|
After that I went to demonoid and h33t, in them days flac was rare and rare. So it was mp3 or nothing.
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