e621 'closed down permanently' after legal threats
Thanks to numerous threats to our host, false claims of illegal content, harassment and a few things that are much worse, e621 is being closed down permanently. It's been fun running it.
The closure is likely the result of allegations made earlier today that e621 hosted cartoon child pornography.
Site owner Arcturus was also recently involved with a dispute over use of e621's mascot in an image hosted on Fur Affinity, which was discussed in various internet forums and may have triggered the allegations.
Arcturus said the risk of legal costs was too great to leave the site up, reasoning the attacks would continue even if material was taken down:
It's not a matter of 'letting an asshole win'. It's a matter of 'Not wanting to have to pay massive amounts of money I don't have for legal representation to defend myself in court over fictitious claims of cub porn somehow being real child porn'.
[...] I'd rather take e621 down than ban something just to appease trolls. Because then they'd move on to the NEXT thing they don't like. And the next. Until there's nothing left but foxes jizzing rainbows.
e621 is a popular site, currently ranked 19,590 on Alexa. It has attracted criticism for hosting works without permission from copyright owners.