Weeks after torrents site Kickass Torrents was shut down following the arrest of alleged founder Artem Vaulin in Poland, another major player Torrentz.eu appears to have shut its portals on Friday, a media report said.
Torrentz.eu, one of the world’s largest torrent sites, has announced “farewell” to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era.
A few hours ago and without warning, Torrentz disabled its search functionality. At first sight the main page looks normal but those who try to find links to torrents will notice that they’re no longer there.
Instead, the site is now referring to itself in the past tense, suggesting that after more than a decade the end has arrived.
“Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines,” the text reads.
The site’s user are no longer able to login either. Instead, they see the following message: “Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.”
Torrentz.eu says farewell
Torrentz itself never hosted any torrent files but did have a takedown procedure in place, allowing copyright holders to take down infringing links.
While the homepage is still active, Torrentz has completely disabled its search functionality and has similarly removed all torrent links. Torrent Freak claims it was contacted by the owner of Torrentz.eu, who “prefers not to comment at the moment.”
Torrenting is a popular method of file-sharing. Users download a small “torrent file” associated with the actual file they want to download, which then connects them to a decentralised swarm of users that has that file – downloading bits of it from multiple sources simultaneously. It can have a bad rep as it’s often used for piracy, but has plenty of legitimate uses too.