While Demonoid has attracted much of the attention, it is the legal battle over QuebecTorrent that is the real story. QuebecTorrent is a BitTorrent tracker that facilitates links to content, both authorized and unauthorized. It does not host any of the content.
The site is facing a legal fight on two fronts. First, CRIA and a group of entertainment producers have filed suit in Quebec courts trying to shut it down. Unlike Demonoid, which took itself offline in the face of similar threats, QuebecTorrent is fighting back. CRIA asked the court to issue a preliminary injunction ordering the site offline. The suit also seeks $200,000 in damages. Last week, a Quebec court rejected the demand, leaving the site online and foreshadowing a lengthy court battle. This morning LaPresse reports that the site is now facing criminal concerns as well as the RCMP has apparently launched its own investigation.
This case is one worth watching – while the knee jerk reaction of some will be to call for the site's immediate takedown, the legal principles that come from the case, including the liability for linking to unauthorized content and the responsibility of site owners for content posted by 3rd parties, could have significant implications for search engines, bloggers, and anyone else operating online.
Update: This evening I received an email from ADISQ, clarifying that the lawsuit was initiated by ADISQ and APFTQ on behalf of their members. CRIA and CIRPA were invited by those groups to join in the action. They are continuing to actively pursue the case.