Referred to as Google for torrent websites, Torrentz was a metasearch engine. Metasearch engines, unlike Google, don't do to their own indexing, and instead collect search results from other search engines and display them. Since torrents are not always legal, Torrentz also displayed search results that led to illegally distributed content and landed itself in hot water. Distributing torrents is not in itself a crime, provided the files are free or come under free domain, are under a free licence
like Creative Commons or are open-source. But torrent sites inevitably host loads of pricey software, music, movies, ebooks, and games that users can download for free. And that naturally is illegal. In 2014, the domain name was suspended for a day following a request from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Finally, in 2016, the site was shut down, 13 years after its inception. The operators left the message "Torrentz will always love you. Farewell." A few clones have sprung up since them, but the primary site remains dead.