Hosting provider provides contact details Demonoid.com and signs
Hosting provider Leaseweb today complied with the demands of Dutch
anti-piracy organisation BREIN regarding the illegal website Demonoid.com.
BREIN had summoned Leaseweb in a legal procedure demanding that
Demonoid.com would be made inaccessible and the identity details of the
owner would be provided to BREIN. The hearing was to take place in the
District Court of Amsterdam tomorrow.
Leaseweb signed a cease-and-desist undertaking which stipulates that it
will keep Demonoid offline under penalty of 50.000 Euro per day. In
addition Leaseweb supllied the name, adress and bankdetails of their client
to BREIN. These actions comply with the demands of BREIN which therefor
does not continue with the hearing.
Demonoid is one of the largest Bittorrent sites in the world. On the site
so-called torrentlinks provide access to content files that are exchanged
between users. BREIN took a scientifically developed sample of the offer on
Demonoid. That demonstrated that on average 93.8% off the accesible files
are illegal. “There is nothing wrong with Bittorrent technology, what
matters is how you use it,” says BREIN director Tim Kuik. “Demonoid makes
systematic and structural use of the availability of illegal files and that
is not allowed.” BREIN often hears the argument that the illegal content
itself is not stored on such sites but is hosted by its users. In several
verdicts in the Netherlands and abroad it has been determined that this is
not relevant. “If your site is making use of illegal files, that is illegal
Shortly after BREIN had summoned its hosting provider, Demonoid disappeared
from the Internet and returned a few days later from a new hosting provider
in Canada, Previously Demonoid relocated from the US to the Netherlands.
The detailed information provided by Leaseweb will be used to identify the
responsible persons behind Demonoid and hold them liable. BREIN is
consulting with rightsholders in Canada with respect to action against the
hosting provider there.
“Our goal is that the Netherlands with no longer serve as a safe haven for
illegal sites. Last year we adressed illegal Dutch sites which tended to be
smaller. Now we are after the large international illegal sites. It
benefits the ICT development in the Netherlands when legal e-commerce gets
a fair chance to succeed,” says Kuik.