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UK Police Continue Crackdown on Pirated Content with Torrentz.eu Domain Name Suspension

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The domain name belonging to the largest torrent search engine on the Internet, Torrentz.eu, has been suspended following a request by UK police.

According to a report by TorrentFreak on Monday, Torrentz.eu was suspended as part of a larger crackdown on sites that provide or link to pirated content in the UK.

Police in the Intellectual Property Crime Unit sent out a round of requests to registrars to get domain names of several allegedly infringing sites, including cyberlocker search engine FileCrop.

Torrentz told TorrentFreak that it plans to lift the suspension or move its domain name elsewhere. It continues to operate under two alternate domains, Torrentz.ch and Torrentz.me.

Torrentz isn’t the only torrent site to face issues with its domain name. Last year, The Pirate Bay switched its domain to a new address on the .AC ccTLD after pressure from Dutch anti-piracy agency Brein forced the domain registry of Sint Maarten to seize its .SX domain name.

According to TorrentFreak, ICANN’s Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy panel ruled that registrars can’t hold domain names hostage because a law enforcement agency believes it may be infringing. If this is the case, Torrentz should be able to get its domain back, or at least be able to transfer to a new registrar.

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