Das Ende der Release-Group YIFY entspringt juristischem Druck durch die Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Die hatten in den vergangenen Wochen bereits Popcorn Time getötet, jetzt kommt raus, dass sie auch dem Betreiber von YIFY auf die Pelle gerückt sind. Was alleine schon schade genug wäre, wirklich brenzlig ist aber das hier: Die Betreiber von YIFY stecken auch hinter Demonii, „the largest standalone BitTorrent tracker“. Und auch der wird in den nächsten Tagen oder Wochen das Zeitliche segnen. Pirate BitTorrent is dying for good.
A few hours ago the MPAA took credit for shutting down one of the biggest piracy icons in recent history. The YIFY release group and the YTS website shut down facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, which the New Zealand-based operator couldn’t fight.
The downfall is a loss to many YIFY fans. However, the BitTorrent ecosystem at large will also be severely affected as it also signals the end for Demonii, the largest standalone BitTorrent tracker. What only a few people know is that in recent years Demonii was run by YIFY’s operator. As a result of the legal troubles with the movie studios, Demonii will soon go offline as well, bringing down another key player. With over 40 million people connected at any given time during the day, Demonii is currently the largest torrent tracker.
At the time of writing Demonii still serves torrents to 41,622,554 peers, which translates to well over a billion connections per day. Impressive numbers that will soon become history. Even without Demonii most torrents will still work fine, thanks to DHT and PEX, but the initial connections will take more time. This can slow down download times for many people.