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  • Music Group Confirms What.CD Raid, Claims Millions in Losses

    The French music industry group SACEM has confirmed that several servers, which allegedly belong to What.CD, were confiscated in a raid yesterday. The group applauds the police action, which they say has put an end to millions of dollars in losses caused by the popular music tracker. What.CD, meanwhile, assures its former members that all user data is safe.


    whatYesterday the hugely popular private music torrent tracker What.CD shut down.


    The site’s staff cited “recent events” as the reason for the shutdown, but didn’t confirm that some of its servers were seized by French police, as was reported.


    Today the French Society of Authors, Composers, and Publishers of Music (SACEM) officially confirmed the raid. The music group informs TorrentFreak that 12 servers were targeted by the police.


    “This is a follow up to the investigative work carried out by SACEM for more than two years, as part of its anti-piracy activities. It puts an ends to an estimated damage of €41 million to music creators,” a spokesperson said.


    As previously reported, the raid was carried out by the Cybercrime Unit of the Gendarmerie, with assistance from SACEM.


    “SACEM is satisfied with having contributed to end this mass online piracy phenomenon committed by an organized group, unprecedented in its scope and international dimension.


    “SACEM will keep fighting relentlessly and tirelessly to combat online piracy and defend the interests of music creators and publishers,” the spokesperson added.


    While the above may worry the site’s former members, a What.CD representative informs TorrentFreak that all user data is safe. This likely means that the site’s database was stored elsewhere, not on the servers that were seized.


    The raids and shutdown have caused quite a stir in the private tracker community over the past 24 hours. And adding to the confusion, What.CD is not the only site to go offline.


    Shortly after What.CD shut down, popular gaming tracker Gazelle Games also pulled the plug. While What.CD’s troubles are not mentioned, the timing suggests that the events could be somehow related.


    “All GGn servers will be preemptively shutting down until further notice. We hope for this to be only temporary. Stay tuned for updates,” the site’s staff posted on Twitter a few hours ago.

    Similarly, the private tracker Del.ish also vanished. At first, the page showed an error message, but at the time of writing it is redirecting to a Google search. Thus far the site’s staff haven’t commented on the reason for the downtime.


    Finally, Feral Hosting, where many private tracker users rent a seedbox, also ran into trouble. The company’s front-end server was taken down by hosting company OVH, where What.CD’s servers were also located. It’s unknown at this point whether these two events are related.


    It will probably take a few days or even weeks before the dust properly settles.


    One thing that does seem certain is that What.CD will not return online anytime soon. For now, the end of the road has come for the site that once started as a replacement for OiNK, and grew out to become one of the largest digital music libraries that ever existed.


    The question is, will history repeat itself once more?

    Source: TorrentFreak

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    I cant believe what.cd is gone. Words cannot even express the loss that I feel right now.

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    • #3
      It's not a big loss nowadays when you have Spotify or Tidal.

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      • #4
        Very sad as this was best tracker for music with good functions and design... I hope for new tracker with people related to what.cd. Now there is not similar tracker. rutracker is different level. Sadly.

        Also why they had servers in France where this may happen easily than in other countries? China, sweden i guess and etc..
        Last edited by Lachtan; November 18, 2016, 05:52 PM.

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        • #5
          The French industry group is claiming €41 million in damages, a number they no doubt pulled from their asses. And will people suddenly flock to buy music now that What is gone? Of course not.

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          • #6
            I hope that what.cd will return as new tracker with a newer version of gazelle. Then again bitgamer and underground-gamer never came back. Only time will tell.

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            • #7
              I give up; this is the worst news this year. That place was my home.... I'm like legit about to cry

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              • #8
                Just place the tracker in Ukraine or Russian Federation and you're good to go for years. No one gives a damn about piracy there even if they want to look as if they care (Russia)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GTZero View Post
                  It's not a big loss nowadays when you have Spotify or Tidal.
                  none of them can match the amount of content what.cd had.

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                  • #10
                    rutracker has impressive database of music and it's free for example.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GTZero View Post
                      It's not a big loss nowadays when you have Spotify or Tidal.
                      Spotify doesnt exist outside US

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                      • #12
                        They're not world wide at least, I'm not in US but can use it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Proleteriat View Post
                          I hope that what.cd will return as new tracker with a newer version of gazelle. Then again bitgamer and underground-gamer never came back. Only time will tell.
                          Bitgamer and UCG did not return but much of the content is now found in GGn. GGn I think is better than either of the sites, though probably not as good as both combined.

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                          • #14
                            Using it in Eastern Europe mate. Right now.

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                            • #15
                              Really sad, it's been my goal to get it invite to that site after hearing all the rage. Now it will never happen :(

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