The torrent world seems to be in an utter chaos after ExtraTorrent shut itself a few days ago. One of the largest torrent curators, Extratorrent has been around for over a decade serving torrent downloads and seems like its admirers cannot find a way to let it go. In last four days, a few Extratorrent impersonator websites have cropped up and also led to believe that the portal has been resurrected. Also Read - Netflix of Piracy streaming service is back: Enjoy Popcorn Time at homeAlso Read - Facebook acquires Source3, an IP rights startup to crack down on video piracy
It was reported earlier that a group of people claimed to bring the site up and running on a different URL, Extratorrent.cd. The new site reportedly said to have all data intact and more files were uploaded than ever. Now, a fanmade Extratorrent portal has been brought to our notice by one of our readers. The email claims that the Extratorrent never came back online after it was shut. Apparently, alongside the Extratorrent.Cd, there also is Extratorrent.cc up and running with a striking resemblance to original the Extratorrent. Also Read - ExtraTorrent makes a comeback with new URL, proves online piracy is hard to beat
So what are those websites which have popped up with ExtraTorrent like skin? Well, the answer seems to be in the question only. The mail sent to BGR India by the reader hints at possible which might not occur to many of us but those who actually spend a lot of time on the torrent websites. Soon after media houses reported that ExtraTorrent has been resurrected. However, word has it that these are actually clones of the original.
According to TorrentFreak report when ExtraTorrent went down they asked all its loyalists to beware of clone websites and copycats. ExtraTorrent.Cd has no links to the original ExtraTorrent and it is not a resurrected version as well. ‘Aside from its appearance, the site (ExtraTorrent.cd) has absolutely nothing to do with ET’, the report notes.
Previously, leading torrent site the PirateBay and KickAss torrent went offline after being around for long. KickAss was brought back in a similar fashion as KickAss.Cd with the skin of original portal. This too was said to be a clone website to run mirror link to the PirateBay. Also, a search result run by TorrentFreak on both the PirateBay and the Extratorrent.cd showed similar results in the comparison. Some search results also included files upload years ago from when ExtraTorrent actually went online, which makes things even fishier. ALSO READ : Google may soon stop showing torrent links in search results: Report
So we also did our research on ExtraTorrent.cc and needless to say but both the sites look and seem to work exactly the same. BGR India, being strict against piracy didn’t proceed with any content links on both the portals. However, it is drawn that the sites are indeed copycats and if reports are to be believed then these could also possibly be mirror links to PirateBay torrent site with ET skin on them. According to the publication, owners of ExtraTorrent have testified against these clone websites as well. Few former staff at ExtraTorrent also tipped of working on getting the original ExtraTorrent back up once again. Although that sounds a bit farsighted with law and enforcement getting stricter against piracy.
Few former staff at ExtraTorrent also tipped of working on getting the original ExtraTorrent back up once again. Although that sounds a bit distant with law and enforcement getting stricter against piracy. These clone websites are brought back up with intentions to keep the legacy of torrent sites alive.