In a setback for Leaseweb, a Dutch web hosting company, a court ruled the provider must shut down the private BitTorrent site Everlasting.nu. Additionally, according to the BREIN press release, the identity of the website’s owner must also be divulged.
BREIN’s (Dutch for Brain) function is similar to that of the RIAA or MPAA when it comes to enforcing copyrights. Although initially unsuccessful in obtaining personal information in the past, more recently they have proven effective against many BitTorrent and eDonkey2000 indexing sites. BREIN succeeded in eliminating ShareConnector, Releases4u, and claims to have shut down over 150 other indexing sites.
Typically, BREIN sends a cease and desist letter to the alleged infringer. If the alleged infringer doesn’t cooperate, BREIN elevates the situation by asking the web host to disable the site and provide the owner’s personal information. In this circumstance, neither party (Leaseweb and Everlasting) cooperated, which led to BREIN initiating legal action. Unfortunately for Leaseweb and Everlasting, the judge presiding over the case was unsympathetic to their pleas.
According to BREIN, Leaseweb must comply with the request to disable the site and divulge the owner’s personal information or face legal ramifications.
“Leaseweb is a known provider of illegal sites,