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Bulgarian Torrent Tracker Zamonda.net Shut By Police

p2p demonstration in Sofia

Legal action against trackers, emule indexing sites and individuals is so commonplace these days  that people scarcely bat an eyelid. But similar to what has happened on occasion in Sweden in recent years, this raid is notable for the response it generated in Bulgarian society. P2P users took to the streets in impressive numbers and the word is that user-groups are preparing to launch new Bit Torrent trackers in defiance of legal and police operations. This is all the more impressive occurring as it does in a society with a bitter and disbused attitude towards poilitics easy to comprehend when one considers their experiences under stalinism followed by the corruption of the ‘new’ political class. Indeed it is notable that one of the slogans echoed by Bulgarians on the net is: “Piracy doesn’t rob… politicians do!”

Zamonda.net, the second most popular Bulgarian torrent tracker, was closed by a raid at the offices of their host ISP Linkos Ltd on March 12th last. The raid was conducted by the Metropolitan Investigation Office together with the GDBOP (General Office for Fighting Organized Crime). An employee of Linkos was also charged with having been the Zamonda administrator. According to Linkos, Zamonda had recently been sold to a Syrian national but the polcie weren’t happy with the explanations furnished and proceeded to sequester the company’s equipment. The raid was carried out at the behest of a company called Amotera, registered in the Virgin Islands, and alleged to be a flag of convenience for sections of media industry.RThe operator of another torrent site ‘Arena’ was also arrested in the same week, but subsequently released for lack of evidence.

A pro-p2p demonstration in Sofia on March 24th drew the large crowds pictured above.

April 7, 2007 - Posted by | enforcement, p2p, social cooperation

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