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Disney’s Club Penguin Knockoff shut down, three arrested

An image of penguins from Club Penguin Rewritten.

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club penguin was an extremely popular children’s MMO that was eventually acquired (and later discontinued) by Disney. However, this has not stopped popular clones from doing so Accumulation of millions of users. Now the official website for the most popular clone, Club penguin rewritten, was confiscated by the City Police of London. In addition, three people linked to the project were arrested but have reportedly been released to date.

First launched in 2005 and acquired by Disney in 2007, club penguin was an online MMO aimed at young children, set in a cartoonish world of anthropomorphic penguins. The game’s closure in 2017 was followed by numerous unauthorized replicas on private servers, including Club penguin rewritten, a popular remake first released the same year the official game was discontinued. Now Disney has forced the closure rewritten also. As reported by TechCrunchon what was once a thriving Discord for the rewritten Community is left with only one post written by an admin stating: “Due to a full request from Disney, CPRewritten is shutting down effective immediately. We have voluntarily given the police control of the site so they can continue their copyright investigations.”

Club penguin rewritten had 10 million users in the course of its run. The official website for the ill-fated game, which was once home to so many cartoon penguins, now houses nothing more than a brief explanation, white text on a stark black background. It is reading: “This website has been taken over by Operation Creative, Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)”, referring to a branch of the City Police of London. according to a statement of the police given to a club penguin fansite, three people were arrested on April 12 for “distribution of copyright-infringing material.” You supposedly have been released. kotaku reached out to both Disney and the City of London Police for comment, but was unable to get an immediate response.

Speak with gizmodoBigChun, a moderator of the game, suggested that it may have been the arrival of ads rewritten that opened it up to Disney’s legal action. Said BigChun: “Running a game like this costs money. As a result, advertisements were placed at certain points in the game. We, or at least I, assume that’s how Disney got us.” gizmodo notes that the website has been generating advertising revenue since the summer of 2020.

However, rewritten Players were not put off by the ending club penguin world as they knew it. Many users stayed on the doomed site until their avatars were wiped out. Though touching, their desperate pleas would not be answered by a merciful God.

That was not the first time that Disney took down an unofficial club penguin Website. In April 2020, Club penguin online was shut down for violating copyright laws and allegations of criminal activity among players. A BBC detection revealed that minors were exposed to racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic messages on the site.

https://kotaku.com/club-penguin-rewritten-disney-arrests-shutdown-london-p-1848794609 Disney’s Club Penguin Knockoff shut down, three arrested

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