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Demonoid domains go up for sale

Is the final death knell tolling for Demonoid? After the fracas of the past fortnight, its domains have appeared for sale on domain marketplace Sedo.

Is the final death knell tolling for Demonoid? After the fracas of the past fortnight, its domains have appeared for sale on domain marketplace Sedo.

(Credit: Demonoid)

The domain names up for sale include demonoid.com, demonoid.ph and the site's most recent home, demonoid.me.

The sale comes hard on the heels of an announcement from anti-piracy body, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), claimed credit for Demonoid's takedown.

IFPI made a number of complaints about the unlicensed service, which repeatedly infringed the rights of its member record companies. In response, Interpol coordinated international efforts that saw the site closed down and its servers seized by police in Ukraine, and a criminal investigation launched into its owners in Mexico, resulting in a number of arrests and seizure of assets. IFPI assisted Interpol, the Division of Economic Crimes (DEC) in the Ukrainian police and the investigative arm of the Attorney General of Mexico (PGR).

Demonoid had been a target of a large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, after which the file-sharing website had its assets seized by the Ukrainian Government.