So, it’s Friday (though not the 13th), still the bad omen was strong enough to snatch one thing pricey to us from our lives. Torrentz.eu has decided to pull the curtains down after a 13 year long illustrious run. Yes the Torrentz has shutdown completely. With Torrentz.eu and KickassTorrents both shutting down (post arrest of its admin in Poland), the torrent comunity lost two of its giants within a month, leaving millions of users virtually homeless.
Today Torrentz website is displaying the Messgae “Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines.“
Not every guy deserves first rank in class and not every movie deserves a trip to theatre. However, we have a tendency to still watch it, dont we, though not in theatres !
Dont wish to shop for licensed version of MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Antivirus and this and that, the list goes on and on and on. Answer was simple “ ask torrentz”
Our lives were something like
Want a paid online course for free ? ask torrentz.
Want ur favourite music video ? well go ask torrentz.
Want to view Sunny Leone oopsie I mean Deol ? I said ask torrentz.
Such was the charisma that, most people have spent longer time on torrents than with their girlfriends. Be it music videos, online courses or free software, Torrentz had it all. Yes it had all. Mark the tense.
Torrentz which came as a gift of god for lesser mortals like us was launched in 2003. Very soon, it became an answer to everything. If google gives answer to every possible question asked, Torrentz provides us with index to resources.
Loyalty of millions of its visitors per day made torrentz one of the foremost visited and popular torrent site on Internet. Torrentz has been a clotting factor within the torrent community for over thirteen years.
Controversies around torrentz
Torrents and copyright infringement go hand in hand, we can all agree on that. However, I believe that pilfering is identified with an exceptionally fluffy legitimate framework in regards to this subject and unjustifiable treatment by the real motion picture studios and music names.
In November 2008, scammer(s) using faux papers tried to take over the torrentz.com domain. As a backup, the site administrator set up the domain torrentz.eu. After 18 December 2010, torrentz.eu became the site’s default domain because of the domain name seizures carried out by US authorities on various torrent websites
In 2013, Paramount Pictures sent a DMCA case to Google to blacklist Torrentz landing page and two different pages from the web index, however Torrentz counter asserted on this solicitation saying the connections don’t infringe any of the existing copyright policy.
On 26 May 2014, Torrentz had its area name suspended without a court request taking after a solicitation from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. A day after, the suspension of torrentz.eu was lifted. The site had three back up domains (.me .ch .in) and was planning to move the .eu space to another registrar. All of these domains have since been blocked within the UK by UK ISP BskyB.
How torrentz worked
- Torrentz is similar to Google.
- It does not host or “make available” any files or torrents in any way, shape or form.
- It links to other independent search engines that might host torrent files.
- Indexing process is completely automated.
- Torrent files are simply metadata and cannot be copyrighted.
- Torrentz itself never hosted any torrent files but did have a takedown procedure in place, allowing copyright holders to take down infringing links.
The sudden and mysterious shutdown of Torrentz marks the end of an era. This meta-search engine has bid adieu to its millions of torrent users without much fanfare.
Instead, the site is now referring to itself in the past tense, with an emotional touch. At the time of writing, the torrentz.eu is displaying the following message (Mark the tense) :-
“Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines.“
However, as on today, the popular meta-search engine along with its back up domains such as .ME, .CH, and .IN stands non operational for both http and https communication. In simple language.
Although many copyright holders were not happy with the site with both RIAA and MPAA have reported the site to the U.S. Government in recent years, says TorrentFreak, there is no news of any arrest or legal takedown of the site in this case.