On 13th April 2022, the City of London police seized the Club Penguin Rewritten site, in accordance with a copyright claim by Disney. Club Penguin Rewritten was a fanmade remake of Disney's Club Penguin, resulting in Disney's copyright claim.
Three unnamed suspects were arrested in the investigation, which is still ongoing. Here's everything we know about the site going down as well as the investigation.
Club Penguin Rewritten shut down
The Club Penguin Rewritten site originated in 2017, the same year Club Penguin shut down after twelve years in operation. Fans seeking out childhood nostalgia flocked to the site, with almost 10 million players logging in over the years.
The site operated for almost five years with very little issue but began running ads in 2020. Club Penguin Rewritten staff members say this may have been the reason for Disney's copyright claims and the subsequent copyright investigation.
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Because of the investigation, the Club Penguin Rewritten site has been completely seized with all content taken down.
The site now features a black background with the City of London Police's logo at the top. Large white text in the middle says, "This site has been taken over by Operation Creative, Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)."
Dedicated players stayed on the site for as long as they could after the City of London Police took it down, lingering in the virtual world until the servers forcibly disconnected them.
The site was not the only thing to go as a result of the Disney takedown. The official Club Penguin Rewritten Discord also ceased all activity in accordance with the investigation.
All past activity was removed from the Discord, save for one post from an administrator, stating, “CPRewritten is shutting down effective immediately due to a full request by Disney. We have voluntarily given control over the website to the police for them to continue their copyright investigation.”
That's all we know about Club Penguin Rewritten's demise and the ongoing copyright violation investigation. We'll keep tabs on the situation and will continue to update you as it continues to develop.
Featured image courtesy of Disney.