Billboard reports: “Invite-only torrent site What.CD, a favorite destination for audiophiles for its vast trove of hard-to-find releases and high-quality files, has terminated operations immediately. A terse statement found on its website mentions ‘recent events’ as the reason for the piracy site’s demise. ‘We are not likely to return any time soon in our current form,’ the message reads. ‘All site and user data has been destroyed. So long, and thanks for all the fish.’ According to Zataz Magazine, French authorities seized at least 12 of the site’s servers on Thursday during raids at various locations. The Zataz report mentions the raids were the culmination of an investigation that began two years ago. French authoring rights collecting society SACEM is mentioned in the report, though their possible role is lost in translation.”

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