'VertiNazis' Stop The Traffic // BitTorrent site 'easytree' forced to shut down
Disillusioned and rabid, a minority of U2 fans (aka VertiNazis) hell-bent on making sure that no U2 bootleg recordings ever sell on eBay may have inadvertently hit a larger target as BitTorrent site easytree.org was forced to shut their doors today leaving thousands of U2 fans (and hundreds of thousands of other music fans) unable to download live shows. easytree.org administrators, citing pressures from their hosting provider as well as industry attorneys opted to take the path of least resistance and shutter their site. easytree, widely recognized as an above-board player in the taping community may, in the end, have been ultimately taken down by the recent spike in downloading of U2 Vertigo shows. It seems more than a coincidence that the site based in Denmark (and which has been online since June '02) is being shut down a little more than a week after U2's first shows appeared on their tracker. Several other sites (that will not be mentioned here...) have essentially been shut down as well, as their servers are now overloaded from the sudden influx of traffic, an inadvertent denial of service attack, if you will.