After Kickass Torrent and Torrentz.eu, ExtraTorrent has said its goodbye to the Internet. On Wednesday, people who are trying to access the website were welcomed with a short message indicating that the site will no longer be in operation. However, in its place, three replacement sites have already popped up online.
ExtraTorrent’s Abrupt Exit
And another one bites the dust. The second largest torrent indexing site ExtraTorrent has officially shut its doors after years of service. The announcement which went up on Wednesday followed a series of downtime including an elongated emergency maintenance that happened earlier this week. The site did not mention why there were shutting down, but it assured that there are currently no plans to bring it back online ever.
“ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently,” the message on extra.to said. “ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline.. We permanently erase all data. Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones. Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community. ET was a place to be….”
This is not the first time that the site faced serious problems. Back in November, Subreg.cz locked out ExtraTorrent chief known by his codename SaM out of the control panel.
ExtraTorrent was founded in 2006, back when sites like Torrent Spy and Mininova dominated the Internet. However, over the years, the site was able to cultivate a loyal community allowing it to be of service even after its bigger competitors went out of business.
Until this week, it was heralded as the second-largest torrent-indexing site, trailing only behind The Pirate Bay. The site offered a huge number of torrent links including copyrighted movie, television and music content. It generated millions of daily visits every day.
Users who are hoping that a mirror site (similar to the ones that went online after The Pirate Bay shut down) would emerge are out of luck. ExtraTorrent also wiped out all data from its servers.
Mounting Legal Pressure?
But that also meant that ExtraTorrent became the target of ire from the entertainment industry. Over the past few months, various torrent sites were pressured to shut down or else face legal action. Sites such as the aforementioned KickassTorrents and Torrentz.eu as well as Coke & Popcorn and What.cd have also previously shut down permanently.
The entertainment industry claims that millions of dollars from online piracy. However, right now, it is unclear whether there was a legal pressure that led to the permanent shutdown of ExtraTorrent.
SaM reached out to TorrentFreak to assure users that both Ettv and Ethd would remain operational as long as they get enough donations to continue and as long as the people behind them are willing to keep them online. However, the release group ETRG is also gone now.
“It’s time we say goodbye,” he stated.
Torrent Community Still Thriving
But the torrent community is still fighting despite the increasing pressure from the entertainment industry. Despite the repeated effort to shut down The Pirate Bay, the torrent-indexing site remains operational to this day.
Meanwhile, after the closure of ExtraTorrent, Digital Music News reported that RARBG has taken the second place as the most visited torrent site on the Internet. The site which was started as a Bulgarian tracker now offers millions of torrent files as well as magnet links for movies, TV shows, music, software, games, and pornography.
YTS/YIFI.ag have also welcomed the flock of former ExtraTorrent. The site which is in no way connected to the original YTS and YIFI group has successfully established itself as a top destination for movie lovers. YTS also went offline after it was threatened with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by the MPAA.
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