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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > German Court Shut Down Popular Torrent Trackers

German Court Shut Down Popular Torrent Trackers

German Court Shut Down Popular Torrent Trackers

Added: Monday, May 11th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
A court in Hamburg has recently ruled that a hosting company has to identify the owners of 3 popular BitTorrent trackers, which coordinate dozens of millions of transfers every day. The court order was delivered following a complaint from German music group BVMI, which also claimed responsibility for the shutdown of the torrent trackers that went offline earlier this year.


OpenBitTorrent, PublicBT and Istole.it were popular torrent trackers that coordinate the downloads of 30 million people at a time. In order words, each of these non-profit websites, powered by the open source Opentracker software, handled 3bn connections per day. However, the services went offline almost 4 months ago, and now the German music industry group BVMI takes credit for the shutdowns. It explained that the hosting company took the tracker offline after it was ordered to identify its operators.

It also admitted that the host was fighting against the shutdown, initially refusing to disclose the personal details of the site operators. Now it is obliged to do so in accordance with the court injunction. This court ruling follows a complaint from the German music industry group BVMI and is recognized as the first against the so-called standalone BitTorrent trackers, which don’t actually host or process any infringing content themselves, but are just a neutral part of the BitTorrent ecosystem.

The entertainment industry admitted that they had to target standalone trackers, because they make it possible for those who offer and seek unauthorized content to make the first connection. The only problem is that these trackers are also used by legal torrents to coordinate connections.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

Posted by:  SuperAdmin
Date:  Monday, May 11th, 2015

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-05-11 05:58:26)
shivababa avatarWill Demonii tracker be next?

posted by ModeratorTrue LoveGirl (2015-05-11 19:45:26)
SiLvErDuSt avatarReally persecution again?,remember the 1930's

posted by (2015-05-12 07:35:00)
brianic2012 avatarNearly all My Downloads From here Don't Seed Anymore ..Trackers are just Timing Out...Is this The End?

And New Downloads Don't Work Anymore Either..This Site Is Useless Now,

Just Tried Three new Downloads ..and still using These Trackers? " OpenBitTorrent, PublicBT "

Is This Going to be Fixed Soon?

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-05-13 05:42:34)
analogkid6103 avatarOpenbittorent has returned and there are plenty of working trackers.
But you have to find and add them yourself.
And if that goes haywire there will be a sudden interest in PEX/DHT.
So it is not the end, just a different way for the opponent to attack file sharers,and like most of these exercises it just teaches users new ways to circumvent the attack.
So at least get a working knowledge of trackers and you should be fine.
And as always the mods and experienced uploaders/users will have a solve for these things.
Cause its what we do.
Peace and safe sharing

posted by (2015-05-13 12:09:12)
Edward_Stryfe avatarPersonally I don't like to use public trackers, I usually throw some stuff together on a 000webhost server and that gives me 100gb of free data transfer. Why risk yourself with a public tracker when you can rig your own private tracker and burn it down whenever you're about to get in some trouble? Grant it public trackers are nice and convenient but I prefer to make my own. IF you guys want you can email me and I'll give ya'll a full tutorial. I don't know if that's bad here or not though I'm new thought that KAT wasn't safe anymore too popular. If the mods don't want a bunch of private trackers that's fine I'll not share my knowledge, but the rules said nothing against it. ("No private trackers that don't allow non-members to download") something along those lines was in the rules so yeah, these can be used to download anything to anyone.

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