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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MPAA Shuts Down YIFY, YTS Demonii and Popcorn Time

MPAA Shuts Down   YIFY, YTS  Demonii and Popcorn Time

MPAA Shuts Down YIFY, YTS Demonii and Popcorn Time

Added: Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The story started with a huge global piracy website that appeared to be run from Auckland. According to the MPAA, the operator of YTS and the associated outfit YIFY was the subject of a multi-million lawsuit lodged with the High Court on October 12. To the surprise of many, it turned out that Kim Dotcom is not the only copyright infringer of a huge scale in New Zealand. The Mt Wellington house reportedly was the base for one of the world's most prolific groups involved in the illegal replication of copyrighted content distributing more than 4 500 infringing movie titles on the Internet.

The MPAA claimed that YTS existed for distributing movies on a massive scale online for a profit which was received by the operator of the website. The movie group also estimated that there were 3.4 million unique visitors for the New Zealand website per month and 43 million views. Aside from Hollywood blockbusters, many New Zealand titles were also distributed online via BitTorrent technology. It is known that the movie studio started investigations on the New Zealand operation a year and a half ago, and initially it believed that the operation was being run out of Eastern Europe.

It was not revealed how much the Mt Wellington operation would earn from sharing these movies. So, after so many years of YTS/YIFY being the Hollywood's arch-rival, the two sides finally reached an unprecedented agreement. Instead of suing the service over the alleged widespread piracy, the movie group reached settlement with its operator, thus avoiding a multi-million dollar lawsuit.


Mystery surrounding the silent shutdown of YTS.to and YIFY finally got some explanation, though not all the questions of the industry observers were answered.
The alleged mastermind behind the operation, who appeared to be a New Zealand citizen, settled before the multi-million lawsuit got properly underway. The MPAA officially announced that the two sides reached a private agreement. Although its terms were not disclosed, judging from previous deals they are likely to involve a damages payment along with some type of data sharing.

Actually, this deal came as a surprise for many industry watchers, because the movie industry previously sent a strong and deterring message. Apparently, in this particular case, other factors may have weighed stronger. Some believe that it could be that the website operator had very valuable information to trade, or Hollywood was fed up with MegaUpload case in New Zealand, which has already incurred huge legal fees without any clear outcome.

Anyway, one should agree that this case with a settlement is unprecedented when compared to other copyright cases that dragged on for many years – you can recall the ones against isoHunt, Hotfile and TorrentSpy as an example. The case also stands in sharp contrast to MegaUpload, NinjaVideo and the IMAGiNE cases launched by the MPAA.

Taking into account that YTS/YIFY was both a release group and a major torrent service, it could be regarded at least as big of a target as the aforementioned services. According to the recent news, the YTS.to domain was signed over to the MPAA, which also explains some things.

But this is not the end of the story. It turned out that the MPAA action against YTS/YIFY was also linked to the closure of the Popcorn Time website in Canada. However, the status of this lawsuit is unclear at the moment, though the rumors are that several of the accused are working on an agreement to minimize their harm, perhaps in exchange for information. It is also known that visits were carried out at the premises of at least two key suspects in Canada and New Zealand as part of the latest MPAA move.

As for the Canadian case, the main Popcorn Time fork (PopcornTime.io) shut down on October 23 due to “internal issues”. The MPAA has sued 3 Popcorn Time developers in the country and obtained a court injunction on October 16 to seize the domain name, accusing the developers of copyright violation, along with the VPN provider operated by them as well.

Meanwhile, the outcome of these two cases seems to have an even larger impact on the torrent ecosystem, as it also triggered a closure of the largest public tracker, Demonii. While the YIFY downfall is a loss to many file-sharers, they may be even more upset as it also signals the end for Demonii.

The matter is that in recent years Demonii was run by YIFY’s operator. So it would be natural that the operator’s legal troubles and settlement with the movie studios will also have impact on Demonii tracker. At the moment, Demonii is reported to be the largest torrent tracker, with more than 40 million people connected at any given time. In the meantime, Demonii still serves torrents to over 41 million peers, which makes up more than a billion connections per day. All this is going to end quite soon.

Even if Demonii goes offline, most torrents will still work fine through DHT and PEX, but the problem is that the initial connections will take more time. In addition, trackers are also very important for people using anonymous VPNs and proxies, because they often have DHT and PEX disabled to hide their real IP-addresses.

It should be said that YTS was one of the world’s most popular torrent indexes not without a reason – it was simple to find, publicly accessible, user-friendly and bulging with movies in an easily digestible, convenient format.

So, with Demonii, YTS, YIFY and Popcorn Time, the torrent ecosystem has lost several big players. The industry watchers believe that it may also be hard for other trackers to pick up Demonii’s load due to the limited capacity. Fortunately, there are many alternatives out there that can fill the gap, and the closure of these services will definitely cause others to emerge.

In the meantime, many people can be misled by the news that YTS and YIFY are making a comeback, which is not true. Although such “revived” services look like the real deal, they are all fakes – even the people who carried out a hostile takeover of EZTV created their own replica, with the only goal to take advantage of the surge in traffic.

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Date:  Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Comments (32) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET lover (2015-11-07 15:07:59)
Simmoncelli avatarSo after EZTV, YIFY gone too!!!

posted by ET junkieET lover (2015-11-07 16:05:06)
MadVillain avatarWow, no more yify releases? That is sad news been grabbin stuff from yify for years. Thankx for everything over the years yify you will be missed!

posted by Blocked (2015-11-07 17:11:20)
TopPixelatedUploadz avatarYIFY had very weak 2 channel audio. They won't be missed by people who like quality audio.

posted by ET junkieET loverKitty (2015-11-07 18:39:02)
Wolverine2011 avatarI think Extratorrent should migrate to some other domain. The more you stay the popular it gets & eventually will shutdown. Should be done like kickass.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2015-11-07 22:47:49)
trialNerror avatarYIFY had more than very weak 2 channel audio. They had videos which were not really 720p or 1080p. Anybody that knows what HD is SUPPOSE to look like will not miss YIFY.

Anyway - Again, if it's the profits the MPAA is whining about, then they should make their own website with the latest releases. Get revenue from advertisements. Get revenue from donations. Get revenue from VIP memberships. Get their outdated fossil arses out of the 19th century and into the 21st century already. Jerks.

posted by Turtle (2015-11-08 01:41:35)
ReservoirDogs avatarYou can say whatever about YIFY/YTS, and i found it a shame to criticize it because they took as many risk as other release group or torrent website to do what they did, but one thing is sure they had the best organized website, with the real info downloaders need about the movie like the plot, a direct access to the trailer without changing page, and so on, and not all the technical's geek about how it was ripped where 99% of us do not care, and more than that it was also visually a beautiful website with an excellent ergonomic very well squared!

posted by ET junkieET lover (2015-11-08 01:42:46)
MadVillain avatarI new the weak audio and video yify issue would be bought up,and I agree to an extent but some yify releases were perfectly fine. For example if I was gonna get the Robin Williams film Boulevard i'd go with yifys,if I was going to get something like Avengers Age of Ultron I'd go with a full HD release depends on the film. Yify was all about convenience and small filesizes,was not about top notch qaulity. Tell you this tho I'd def grab a yify release over an 700mb xvid anyday

posted by Trusted Uploadermen (2015-11-08 02:23:47)
Jooge avatarI loved that site. RIP

posted by Vip MemberTrusted UploaderET junkieET lovermenTurtle (2015-11-08 03:01:14)
menin avatarObviously it had alot more plus's then minus's with 4 million unique visits a month and i think it was 1million a day not bad for a dedicated movie site with 2 channel audio!

posted by (2015-11-08 04:16:47)
Solcis avataryts.ag

"Don't bury me! I'm not dead!!!"

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-11-08 06:23:33)
analogkid6103 avatarI never used them. But the loss of Demonii will be felt by many users in
the p2p universe.
We always will have new peeps step up to upload movies, but Not many will put up a dependable public tracker.
Damn the wretched MPAA. May they die screaming while in flames.

posted by (2015-11-08 08:22:32)
eyemanozzy avatarsad times for the p2p community.....sick of hearing about audio quality !! go buy the blue ray or watch it in the cinema you ungrateful bastards....is the opportunity to watch it free so bad you have dump on the release groups ?
we all have release groups we like and trust for various reasons as much as we have different opinions about dramas being better than sci/fi or action movies etc....
we should all appreciate the risky time consuming work these groups do regardless.
all said and done ......bye bye yifi....

posted by (2015-11-08 08:57:12)
bibleisbs avatarWhy do you say gone? I have been going on their site for the last week?

posted by (2015-11-08 10:52:50)
Napster751 avatarIf YIFY is gone than what is this new domain for ???/ Please check "

I think its YIFY

posted by men (2015-11-08 10:54:51)
ZerlindaX avatarGuys! Several reasons YiFy was popular, Yes, because of the
small file size and the 2 channel weak audio. Why? Because
most people who torrent don't have a big screen 55" 4K TV
with a surround sound system and 25-300mb download speed.
Plus it's beats the hell out of a 700mb low quality XviD any day.

posted by (2015-11-08 12:19:15)
mcdaktari avatarIf YIFY is gone There probably come's a new YIFI.
I hope!!!

posted by (2015-11-08 17:00:42)
Napster751 avatarYIFY is back....PLEASE CHECK HIS NEW DOMAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YTS.AG

posted by (2015-11-08 18:08:55)
fonzie33 avatarEveryone needs to ''READ'' the article before making silly comments!!! I'm talking about >>> Bibleisbs, Napster751,and Mcdaktari

posted by (2015-11-09 05:46:05)
mac9912 avatarplease share links

posted by (2015-11-09 08:58:27)
zakirjahani avatari love YIFI torrent site

posted by (2015-11-09 10:01:31)
No avatarApart From ETRG is there any other uploader like yify,etrg etc for english movies?

posted by (2015-11-10 02:22:10)
Mike_Oxhard avatarI usually prefer a Juggs or Sam 700 MB XVID file because I can play them on my Android tablet with VLC. They look great on a 7 inch screen and you can store 40+ movies on a 32 GB Micro SD. A YIFY 700MB file was often my 3rd choice, but sometimes they didn't play so well. Having said all that, it is a shame that YIFY will be gone. There are a lot of my fellow military personnel that swear by YIFY on a laptop. There aren't a lot of choices to view American movies when you are stationed overseas to begin with. This will result in one less choice. VERY SAD!!! Not to mention the lousy timing, Happy Veterans Day from the douchebags at the MPAA, and thank-you for your service.

posted by Site FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-11-10 06:18:18)
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posted by ET junkieET lover (2015-11-10 12:11:42)
MadVillain avatar@Sam0211 you can check out Ozlem's stuff,hes part of etrg and does conveniently sized 720p and 1080p bluray rips and they look and sound great. Also compatibe with just about everything you choose to play it on ps3/ps4/xbox etc

posted by (2015-11-11 15:18:42)
mahimapu avatar..... its working again .. !!!!!!!!!!!!! but some old torrents are dead... !!!!

posted by (2015-11-12 10:25:53)
scottbourke avatarNo it's not.

posted by (2015-11-12 11:18:26)
dabeast77 avataris yts.ag real or not?

posted by
(2015-11-12 19:48:15)
SaM avatar@dabeast77 if u read the article u will understand that yify is gone and any site claiming to by yts is a fake site including yts.ag

posted by (2015-11-12 22:31:44)
peebo avatarI have a site but it's costing me hundreds of dollars a month to run and I don't make a cent. I'm working on a few ideas for security before I attempt to take donations and promote the site into to full use. Site is working with 150 or so movies. All FHD with 5.1 audio if available on the source. I used to encode for Yify and was not happy with the file size restrictions placed on us and the crap 2.0 audio. IF you ever downloaded Avatar ECE from yify 1080 or 720 that's my work. Broke all yify's rules to make that version except for the 2.0 audio rule. I have since release a 5.1 audio version on my own site. Making server upgrades and some other changes this week. So I will not post the URL yet.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-11-13 17:07:33)
analogkid6103 avatarAnd Demonii as well. Ouch! As an uploader I felt its death.

posted by (2015-11-14 11:18:50)
sir_auv avatarGoddamit!!! Such a LOSS,, wow! YIFY/YTS/Demonii WILL be sorely missed.... Dammit no more convenient 700mb flicks!!

posted by (2015-11-21 14:20:44)
kingmax1 avatarYTS is back for real ... yts.ag

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