London police seize Club Penguin cloning website, three suspects arrested

London police arrested three people over an unofficial clone of Disney’s closed but once hugely popular website club penguin. The company closed club penguin and his successor Club Penguin Island 2017 and 2018 respectively, but clones have been popping up since then. The penguin-based social media hangout for kids launched in 2005 and was extremely Popular; At its peak, it had more than 200 million registered members.

Unofficial clones, like Club penguin online and Club penguin rewrittenincreased in popularity and activity at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BBC said, but Disney has continually attempted to shut them down. Club penguin online was forced to go offline in 2020, with one person arrested “on suspicion of possession of indecent pictures of children,” the BBC reported. After this website shut down, players reportedly moved on Club penguin rewritten.

During a BBC investigation Club penguin online Poor moderation was found, allowing “homophobic, anti-Semitic and sexual messages” on the site. A Club penguin rewritten The user informed the BCC Club penguin rewritten was similarly “unsure” due to a lack of moderation.

Screenshot of a website on a dark background with white text:

That Club penguin rewritten The website has since been taken over by the London Police Intellectual Crime Unit. Users navigating to the site are greeted with this image.
Image: City of London Police

Three others were arrested in connection with Club penguin rewritten, because of “suspicion of distribution of copyright infringing material”. All three have been released pending investigation, London Detective Constable Daryl Friyatt told Polygon in an emailed statement.

“Following a complaint under copyright law, PIPCU has seized a gaming website as part of an ongoing investigation into the site,” Fryatt said.

The site has since been taken over by the London Intellectual Crimes Police Unit as part of the ongoing ‘Operative Creative’ campaign, launched in 2013, which aims to combat alleged copyright infringement online. A message from London Police is now on the display Club penguin rewritten Website: “This site was taken over by Operation Creative, Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).”

Polygon has reached out to Disney for comment.

https://www.polygon.com/23025149/club-penguin-site-seized-three-arrested-london-bbc-report London police seize Club Penguin cloning website, three suspects arrested

Charles Jones

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