UK police take down torrent search engine Torrentz.eu

27 May 2014

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UPDATE – A torrent search engine believed to be the biggest on the internet, Torrentz.eu, has been taken offline in a UK police clampdown on illegal file sharing. However, it now appears the site’s Polish registrar restored the domain name’s DNS entries after Torrentz’s legal team pointed out the suspension was unlawful.

According to TorrentFreak the site's Polish registrar Nazwa suspended the domain following a request from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in the UK.

However, now Nawza has since reversed its decision.

The police sent warning letters to site owners urging them to become legitimate or face closure. This was followed by a campaign aimed at domain registrars asking them to suspend the domain names of several illegal sites.

According to TorrentFreak the site continues to operate under two alternative domains – Torrentz.ch and Torrentz.me.

Last week UK police performed the same action against cyberlocker search engine FileCrop.

And last year police in the UK asked ISPs to block 21 sites that link to infrginging material.

The best known torrents site The Pirate Bay has been outright blocked in many countries, including the UK and Ireland.

Torrent closed image via Shutterstock

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