The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today that they have seized the custom login domain singlelogin.me of Z-Library, the world’s largest e-book library.
This move comes after the arrest of the two founders of Z-Library, with the remaining team having launched the personalized login domain that allowed users to configure their own subdomain prefixes for logging in.
As the domain has been seized by the DOJ and the FBI, it can no longer be used. Users are advised to switch to the alternative domain singlelogin.re and remember to include their personalized login prefixes.
The DOJ and the FBI explained their reasons for seizing the domain, stating that the FBI executed an order from the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York based on 18 U.S.C. § 981(b) and 21 U.S.C. § 853(f), which pertain to the copyright infringement issues surrounding Z-Library.
The fact that the backup domain has also been seized suggests that arresting the two founders has not yet fulfilled the expectations of the New York court and the FBI. Their ultimate goal might be to completely dismantle the e-book library, which houses a vast amount of copyrighted content.
Below is the notice from the DOJ and the FBI:
THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN SEIZED
This domain has been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with a warrant issued pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981 (b) and 21 U.S.C. § 853 (f) by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York as part of a law enforcement action by:
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and The Federal Bureau of Investigation