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Razorback2 was a server ( of the eDonkey network, known for being able to handle 1 million users simultaneously, meaning that it had capacity for 1.3 million users and was indexing around 170 million files.


Use of the Server

  • Use of the Server by Jamendo, a French website on Creative Commons music.[1]
  • Use by Ratiatum.com, a website about p2p for legal program sharing like Free software or other.[2][3]
  • Use by Folding@home[4][5]
  • The server was also an index server[6] and so it indexed all content including illegal content, according to Maître Sébastien Fanti this was legal in all European countries. In the past the principal administrator did offer to blacklist illegal content if the author of the content asked him to do so, but no one asked.[7]

Confiscation by the police

On 21 February 2006, the servers located in a Belgian datacenter were confiscated by the Belgian police, and their operator, who lives in Switzerland, was arrested. This was done after a local judge authorized the confiscation at the datacenter in Zaventem near Brussels, after a denouncement of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), in collaboration with the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. After the police shut down the site and confiscated the servers however, traffic stayed much the same, it has even grown 20% since then.[citation needed]

The MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman, presented this raid as a "major victory":

This is a major victory in our fight to cut off the supply of illegal materials being circulated on the Internet via peer-to-peer networks. By shaving the illegal traffic of copyrighted works facilitated by Razorback2, we are depleting other illegal networks of their ability to supply Internet pirates with copyrighted works which is a positive step in our international effort to fight piracy.[8]

Since the confiscation, the owner was released, and the trial has not started yet.[citation needed]

Besides having Razorback's equipment confiscated and their site shut down, copyright enforcement entities such as MPAA and IFPI have set up several "Razorback2" fake servers online, with the purpose of mimicking the original servers but which yield no useful results, hampering file-sharing traffic. Afterwards, the Swiss anti-piracy tech firm Logistep SA was hired to help further intimidate and prosecute filesharing users.[9]

The raid on Razorback2 was part of a series of raids on peer-to-peer file sharing websites or BitTorrent trackers initiated by the MPAA. Another well publicised example is the raid on The Pirate Bay in Sweden that took place on May 31st, 2006.[10]


  1. http://www.jamendo.com/
  2. http://www.ratiatum.com/tel.php
  3. http://www.ratiatum.com/logd231_Winamp.html
  4. http://ratiatum.com/news2875_Razorback_pas_de_craintes_pour_les_utilisateurs.html
  5. http://www.zeropaid.com/news/6176/Razorback:+no+fears+for+the+users
  6. http://ratiatum.com/news2888_Razorback_pas_d_effet_sur_le_traffic_eDonkey_et_eMule.html
  7. http://www.ratiatum.com/news2874_Les_serveurs_de_Razorback_saisis.html
  8. http://www.mpaa.org/press_releases/2006_02_21_razer.pdf
  9. Resurrected Razorback2 website (in French)
  10. http://www.mpaa.org/press_releases/2006_02_23.pdf

External links


fr:Razorback (serveur ed2k)


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