Torrent sites going down isn't surprising to pirates, technical problems or police interference are common. Still, it's nice to know at least why it happened, when it does. H33t's vanishing act this week, it turns out, was due to Universal Music wanting to block the pirating of a very hot new album.
The label ordered H33t's domain name registrar to get ahold of H33t.com, plunging the site into darkness. The registrar, Key-Systems, plans to fight the order, issued by a German court, but in the meantime, it had to remove H33t.com from its DNS servers.
H33t came back as H33t.eu, thankfully for the fans, but the old domain is gone, at least for now. The registrar confirmed to TorrentFreak that a German court forced it to remove the DNS records and explained that Universal was trying to block the distribution of pirated copies of Robin Thicke’s album Blurred Lines.
Normally, that would have been a great service to society, but we can't help but think that, if Universal truly wanted to spare humankind the horror of Robin Thicke, it wouldn't have released the album in the first place. So maybe that's not the full explanation.