If you are online, it is unlikely that you are not aware of “Torrents”. The torrents were the open sources from which the users can easily download the files. Several online users use the torrents regularly to access the information for free. Often, money is not the source of motivations for the torrent up loaders. Very few up loaders host the torrent websites where revenue model is through advertisements on their respective websites.
The torrenting companies have been going through tough times for last few weeks. The federal authorities have two weeks ago seized the Kickass torrents followed by the immediate arrest of the owner. A few days ago, “The Google” of the torrenting world “Torrentz.eu” was shut down unexpectedly. Though the pirate bay is old news, it becomes relevant in present context.
A few days ago the “Torrentz.eu” remained active with the message description “Torrentz was free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from the dozens of search engines”. When you attempt to search the torrent library by typing any keyword the website gave the following message
It is not clear if the shutdown of the Torrentzeu has anything to do with the legal issues but considering the recent attacks on several libraries, and the way the site is referring to itself in past tense, one cannot wonder if the end has arrived for a decade old torrent search engine.
It is not clear on what transpired to the shutdown, for the obvious reasons that it is only a search engine. While KAT/pirate bay was accused of costing millions of dollars to the copyright owners, the torrent.eu enables the copyright owners to take down the files through DMCA takedown. The search engine had never hosted or facilitated the actual exchange of the torrent files.
There are several other search engines on the internet. More will show up in your search bar every week. As soon as the KAT went down a couple of weeks ago, the internet was stormed with the KAT mirrors. Similarly, there will be new torrent search engines that replicate like Torrent.eu.
However, the current actions by the agencies imply that all is not well for the torrenting companies. It is unlikely that a lot will change among the online communities, despite the pressure from the government authorities. It is unlikely that the torrent community will allow the torrents to die. The government authorities also should consider the fact that the torrents are not the revenue sources but only the information sources.