With an millions of loving fans, Demonoid was addressed about fondly by numerous users in the torrent community. Just two weeks ago it was among the world’s largest and most prosperous torrent sites but a DDoS and hacker attack followed by a police raid which brought it to its knees.
After days of soundlessness, last Thursday the IFPI accepted credit for the complaint trailing the disassembly of the site .
“The operation to close Demonoid was a great example of international cooperation to tackle a service that was facilitating the illegal distribution of music on a vast scale. I would like to thank all those officers involved in this operation to close a business that was built on the abuse of other people’s rights,” said the IFPI’s anti-piracy director Jeremy Banks.
Last week a informant at ColoCall, Demonoid’s once webhost, said he believed that the site’s management was grounded in Mexico. It was afterwards confirmed that a criminal investigation is underway in the country and that a number of apprehensions and asset seizures had already occurred.
Selling the domains presently while hits to Demonoid continues to be high ensure a serious price for the vendor, but it appears improbable that any purchaser would look to relaunch as a torrent site.
Of course, “up for sale” does not mean “traded”, but at this stage hopes that the site could one day come back seem to be dwindling faster than ever.