The rewritten Club Penguin fansite was shut down by Disney, three suspects arrested


Club Penguin’s fan-made game was shut down due to copyright issues and seized by police.

Three people were arrested following action by Disney, which owned the original site and shut it down in 2017, but have since been released. As reported by TechCrunch, Club Penguin Rewritten was formed later that year but has ceased to exist as of April 2022.

The site’s Discord was emptied save for a message from an admin stating, “We have voluntarily transferred control of the site to the police so they can continue their copyright investigation.”

A statement from DC Daryl Fryatt of the City of London Police IP Crime Unit (PIPCU) was also published on the Club Penguin Rewritten website, saying a complaint has been made under copyright law.

It continued: “Three people were arrested on April 12 on suspicion of distributing copyright infringing material and searches were being conducted. They were released as part of the investigation, and to assist the police investigation, they agreed to sign PIPCU’s website of control.”

It’s not the first Club Penguin fan remake to be shut down, but given the over-the-top seriousness and police involvement in this case, it could be the last.

One server was shut down in 2020 apparently related to reports of e-sex, while other remakes have featured horrific blood sports.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally thinks about tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day. The rewritten Club Penguin fansite was shut down by Disney, three suspects arrested

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