As of today, Demonoid.com has been [temporarily?] taken down. The issue is widely unexplained, and is denying access to countrues like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Demonoid.com appears to be back up, alive, and kicking again. Hopefully, reports of its downtime will come out soon, so that we can piece together what actually happend.
I have barely a clue why, although I wouldn’t be surprised if its a result from some sort of Digital Rights lawsuit. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time. A non-cited quote from the Demonoid Wikipedia page reads as follows;
As of 10th June 2009 the site appears offline in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Norway, Hungary, Greece, Canada, and the United States. This seems to be due to the fact that Demonoid’s IP space appears to have been removed from the global routing tables.
What are the global routing tables? Some quick digging, and I had a general answer; it is a list of all the internet prefixes that make up the public internet as we know it. It is more of a concept, seeing as it isn’t hosted in one location; rather, it is contained in a series of routers.
Regardless of what happened, a similar issue happened on February 7th of this year, blocking access to the site from the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Ukraine, and India. Within a few months, the problem was resolved. However, torrenting content will be a lot more difficult, seeing as Demonoid.com is the most popular torrenting site on the internet.
If anyone hears anything more about this, comment here, and I’ll update the article, so that there’s news of this somewhere.