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12|17|2010 12:24 pm EDT

Dutch Anti-Piracy Group Takes Down Download Sites

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Up to the Minute

After US authorities seized domain names twice earlier this year, a Dutch Anti-Piracy groupĀ  (BREIN) has now been able to follow suit and shut down 29 additional sites by working with the MPAA and the sites’ hosting providers; in this case the domain names itself were apparently not seized. The last set of seized domain names by US Immigration and Customs were taken over by ordering the registry operator, Verisign to change the nameserves and lock the seized domain names at the registry level.

As TechDirt reports, BREIN has apparently shut down 29 sites, but has refused to provide a list of the sites according to TorrentFreak, so it is not known if the sites were actually directly offering downloads or merely acted as pointers to peer 2 peer downloads. The sites were shut down without informing the owners and at least one of them (hd-united.com) was temporarily redirected to BREIN’s website. Considering the shut-down happened at the hosting level, the owners of the domain names will be able to repoint them to another hosting company. Currently hd-united.com is no longer resolving.

[via TechDirt]

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