THE UK copyright and cyber cops Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has had infamous sharing website Torrentz.eu shelved from the internet and its domain suspended.
Torrentz.eu is already banned in the UK and was one of 21 websites blocked by UK ISPs last October after a court order directed them to put up a virtual wall.
"We've received court orders requiring us to block a further 21 file-sharing sites found to be infringing on copyright," said an ISP spokesperson then. "As a responsible ISP we obey court orders addressed to the company."
The domain suspension is reported by Torrentfreak.
PIPCU confirmed the move to us in a statement, explaining that it is part of a wider investigation.
"Operation Creative is a ground-breaking initiative is designed to disrupt and prevent websites from providing unauthorised access to copyrighted content, in partnership with the creative and advertising industries," it said.
"If a website fails to comply and engage with the police, then a variety of other tactical options may be used including; contacting the domain registrar informing them of the criminality and seeking suspension of the site and disrupting advertising revenue."
In April PIPCU was talking up how it had ensured the shutting down of 2,500 websites that it said were selling fake copied goods, and claimed that it was ready to lay smackdowns all over the place.
"In the eight months since launching we have suspended more than 2,500 infringing websites is further evidence of the expertise of our officers and the level of their commitment to clamp down on IP crime," said head of PIPCU, DCI Andy Fyfe.
"Consumers also need to be aware that by accessing websites like this they are running the risk of their personal details being compromised and being used for other fraudulent scams, as well as the exposing their computer to malicious malware."
Torrentfreak said that Torrentz.eu is the latest of a couple of websites to have its domain blocked recently, and also reported that Filecrop is also blocked. Our ISP is still blocking the Torrentz.eu domain, but according to reports it is back live in other locations.
Torrentfreak said that the Polish registrar has relinked the website after learning that the suspension was unlawful. It added that a lawyer for the sharing website told the host that domains cannot be suspended following one third-party request. µ