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Disney Shuts Down Club Penguin Rewritten Over Copyright, Three People Arrested

The popular fan-made website Club Penguin Rewritten was unexpectedly shut down by Disney for copyright infringement, leading to the arrest of three people.

In the early 2000s, the children’s role-playing game Club Penguin introduced many people around the world to their first online community before Disney bought it in 2007 for a whopping $700 million. Ten years later, Disney decided to discontinue the game due to declining interest.

In February 2017, fans revamped the popular game and launched Club Penguin Rewritten, which quickly amassed over 10 million accounts.

On April 13, 2022, news broke that the fan-made game had been shut down due to a request from Disney for “copyright infringement,” resulting in the arrest of three people.

Club Penguin Rewritten has been shut down for copyright infringement

After over five years of operation, a user posted on the Club Penguin Rewritten subreddit announcing, “Our world is collapsing around us…this is the current state of the snow fortress.”

With several dozen upvotes, the post documented how the fan-driven remake of the cult game was gradually being taken down.

Our world is collapsing around us… This is the current state of the Snow Fortress. out of ClubPenguinRewritten

The Discord server for the game was home to over 140,000 users from around the world until thousands of messages disappeared, only to be replaced by an announcement from one of the admins.

The message stated that due to a full request from Disney, the game was immediately shut down. It said: “We have voluntarily given the police control of the site to allow them to continue their copyright investigations.”

Club Penguin rewritten removed at Disney's request

At the time of writing the game was website also reads that the City of London Police have taken it over.

Three people arrested in London

In a statement from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit at the City of London Police, reported by Club Penguin Mountainsthree people were arrested on suspicion of distributing copyright infringing material.

It states: “Following a complaint under the Copyright Act, PIPCU has seized a gaming website as part of an ongoing investigation into the website. Three people were arrested on April 12 and searches were carried out on suspicion of distributing copyright infringing material.

“They have been released under investigation and to assist the police investigation, they have agreed to sign PIPCU’s website of control.”

Exactly who has been arrested and how long he will be in custody is not known at the time of writing. We’ll be sure to update this article with new information as it becomes available.

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Emma Bowman

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