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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BREIN Has Shut 422 Infringing Websites This Year

BREIN Has Shut 422 Infringing Websites This Year

BREIN Has Shut 422 Infringing Websites This Year

Added: Friday, July 23rd, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Dutch anti-piracy outfit is working hard and fast, accounting for 5 Usenet indexers, 1 FTP summit website and 422 unauthorized sites closed so far this year – the number which the IFPI, RIAA, and MPAA altogether will never reach.


Federal government attracts the attention of the entire world with its recent “Operation In Our Sites”. Meanwhile, it’s a Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN who’s now hurting online piracy most. The Federal officials managed to seize only 9 domain names within their campaign, while BREIN has managed to close down over 400 unauthorized sites, most of them being BitTorrent tracker websites and about 30 Cyberlockers. Altogether, BREIN says it removed about 30,000 unauthorized files from the web. In addition, it shut down 5 Usenet indexers, 1 FTP summit website and 6 streaming websites.

The only strange thing behind such a great success is that despite of the successful shutter of such a huge number of websites (especially 384 of the BitTorrent trackers) it looks like nobody has noticed their vanishing and nobody cared. In general, the business of peer-to-peer is going on quite undisturbed.

Then what is going on with this trend? The head of BREIN, Tim Kuik, wisely doesn’t want to disclose all the information and give BREIN’s targets extra popularity and traffic, but he is still willing to discuss the process of fighting piracy. Tim Kuik explains that in most cases the take down is done via the hosting provider. BREIN also obtains personal details from the providers, but it rarely helps – usually such websites are registered under a false identity. Anti-piracy outfit follows the site owners even if they change to another provider – it will contact the new one, too. If the group fails to shut down a website through hosting provider, it goes for blocking it by access provider. By the way, there’s currently one court case pending on that issue.

Actually, with over 400 infringing websites down for 6 months and almost the same time left on the clock till the end of the year, BREIN seems to achieve the results that the US government, and MPAA, the RIAA, and IFPI altogether have been unable to do. The only sad thing about this closing more than a handful of illegal sites is that it has almost no impact on the piracy, as nobody has really noticed all those sites’ closure.

July 23rd, 2010

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Date:  Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-07-23 19:35:36)
4uckAuthority avatarwhich just goes to show....all the man hours and money they spend trying to stop it, is just a waste. for every 1 they stop, 10 more pop up. they bust me....my brother starts, talk about an endless circle. idiots!

posted by (2010-07-23 20:46:29)
madwiggyNLD avatarlol how long is brein active and now they make some real progress
but they are to late bittorrent is unstoppable now after torrent another file share comes other words neverending war

posted by (2010-07-23 21:09:17)
ETrocks avatarI don't want to say that copyright laws are meaningless, but when they simply cannot be upheld the law should update itself.
This sort of cleansing of the internet is both ineffective and silly.

Brein is looking like a demented Don Quixote: 400 unknown windmills down.
Kwazillions to go.
Hundreds of new ones popping up each day.
No one in his right mind would boast in the press about that.

I hope his bosses start realising that.
But they will propably be thrilled being the best of the class in upholding outdated laws.

posted by (2010-07-23 21:41:34)
No avatarloooooooool

posted by (2010-07-23 21:42:56)
No avatarETrocks avatar I don't want to say that copyright laws are meaningless, but when they simply cannot be upheld the law should update itself.
This sort of cleansing of the internet is both ineffective and silly.

posted by (2010-07-24 01:23:27)
mork_blasphemy avatarI'll get worried the day that ET is menaced by any creep anti piracy groups,till then (hopefully never),all is good!!!

posted by (2010-07-24 02:18:47)
No avatarHas not phased me in the slightest, and have not seen any of my usual P2P sites hit by anything. Yup business as usual, time to check on my torrent machine some movies are almost done.

posted by (2010-07-24 03:07:38)
ETrocks avatarMy dear Karimziani

My sister thanks you for the suggestion that we are talking about an avatar here.

posted by (2010-07-24 10:18:49)
dance4283 avatarI've used a few other sites in the past until i lucked up on Extratorrent. It is by far the best ever. It fills all my needs. It's a shame that sharing files can cause so much uproar. Thanks for all you do.

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