Top 5 famous website shutdowns. Websites come and go all the time, but it’s always a shock when a popular site that everyone uses gets shut down.
Here is the list of Top 5 famous website shutdowns that gave a heartbreak to millions of daily users.
Top 5 famous website shutdowns
This unexpected shutdown of Torrentz, the Online Piracy Search Engine is at the top of our list of Top 5 famous website shutdowns. Founded in 2003, Torrentz has been a stable factor in the torrent community for over 13 years.
A few hours ago and without warning, Torrentz disabled its search functionality. At first sight the main page looks normal but those who try to find links to torrents will notice that they’re no longer there.
Instead, the site is now referring to itself in the past tense, suggesting that after more than a decade the end has arrived.
“Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines,” the text reads.
The site’s user are no longer able to login either. Instead, they see the following message: “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.”
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Torrentz itself never hosted any torrent files but did have a takedown procedure in place, allowing copyright holders to take down infringing links.
Not all right holders were happy with the site though. Both RIAA and MPAA have reported the site to the U.S. Government in recent years, which repeatedly placed it its annual “Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets.”
With Torrentz.eu and KickassTorrents both shutting down, the torrent community lost two of the largest sites in a period of three weeks. This means that millions of users will have to find new homes.
2KickAssTorrents – KAT.cr
Second amon the list of Top 5 famous website shutdowns is Kickass Torrents — the world’s top website for illegally sharing movies, TV shows and music — has been taken down by the U.S. government on July 20,2016.
The website’s alleged owner, Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian man, was arrested in Poland on Wednesday.
KickassTorrents (commonly abbreviated KAT) was a website that provided a directory for torrent files and magnet links to facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. It was founded in 2008 and went offline on 20 July 2016, when the domain was seized by the United States government. The site’s proxy servers were shut down by its staff at the same time.
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Although the sharing was free, Kickass Torrents was raking in advertising revenue on its website — maybe as close as $17 million a year, according to some estimates listed in the agent’s affidavit.
Federal agents allegedly identified Vaulin by an online name, tirm. They then used records kept by Apple to link the Apple email account firstname.lastname@example.org to Vaulin. They also looked into Vaulin’s records at Facebook.
YTS.to and YIFY are shut down forever. “That site/release group is never coming back,” Andy from TorrentFreak told Heavy. For over a week, the YTS site was down without any warning or explanation, and YIFY stopped issuing any new releases. At first, it was thought to just be a DDOS attack or internal server errors. But now it’s known that YIFY has been completely dismantled and will not release any more torrents. Neither the site nor its operator have made an official statement.
Now it’s been revealed that YIFY and YTS were shut down because of a lawsuit from the MPAA. The MPAA studios filed a suit against YTS in New Zealand on October 12, Variety reported. The MPAA then obtained an interim injunction that ordered the YTS operator to shut down the site and not promote it in any fashion.
Many users liked YTS because it allowed movie downloading at smaller sizes, with decent quality that could play on almost any device. Visitors also liked how user friendly the website was.
The largest illegal music file-sharing site based in the United States, Sharebeast.com, has been seized and shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A US Department of Justice (DOJ) domain seizure notice first appeared on Sharebeast.com on Friday (September 11).
Anyone visiting the domain is now confronted by the notice (pictured), which states that the FBI has taken control of the site ‘pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court’.
Sharebeast’s related sites such as mp3pet.com and albumjams.com also now display the notice.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said that the Sharebeast network of sites was responsible for the distribution of a massive library of popular albums and tracks.
It reports that Sharebeast has been “particularly problematic in its distribution of pre-release leaks of thousands of songs”.
At the final position of Top 5 famous website shutdowns, its PopcornTime. In October 2015, PopcornTime.io was shut down, along with YTS. On November 3, 2015, the popcorntime.io domain was obtained by the MPAA after winning court orders in Canada and New Zealand. This came about after winning an injunction on October 16, 2015, to shut the website down.