Los Angeles – Nearly 30 websites associated with BitTorrent,
Usenet and other file-sharing networks have been shuttered by authorities in
The Netherlands, according to TorrentFreak.
The closures were reportedly made
at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Dutch
anti-piracy agency BREIN.
BREIN did not make the names of the sites available,
but TorrentFreak noted that one is likely HD-Unit3d, whose website now
redirects to BREIN’s homepage.
Interestingly, the 29 sites were all hosted in the
U.S., but taken down under Dutch law because they are "directed at the
Dutch public" and "unlawful under Dutch law," BREIN director Tim
Kuik told TorrentFreak.
"This year we have made over 600 of these sites
inaccessible. Some seek refuge in a foreign or hosting provider. These 29
apparently thought that in America they could go undisturbed. That is
incorrect," Kuik said.
"Through cooperation with our foreign colleagues we
can make sites in other countries inaccessible."