Disney shut down Club Penguin rewrite, website taken over by police IP Crimes Unit

Disney shut down Club Penguin Rewrite and the website has currently been seized by the police’s Intellectual Property Unit.

Hearing the name Club Penguin will make you feel incredibly old or flood you with nostalgia, as the mid-2000s online service was one of the biggest at the time, alongside sites like Habbo Hotel. Unlike Habbo, Club Penguin was shut down in 2017, leading a group of fans to recreate it with Club Penguin Rewritten the same year.

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Although Disney removed a similar Club Penguin remake, Club Penguin Online, it left Rewrite alone for a while. That’s until today, when the website was seized by the police intellectual property unit, and the official Discord page was completely scrubbed of references to Club Penguin and left with just the announcement of the closure.

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Club Penguin’s rewritten Discord now reads: “CPRewritten is closing with immediate effect due to a full request from Disney. We have voluntarily handed over control of the website to the police to continue their investigation into Copyright”. Some have attempted to contact veteran developers on Club Penguin Rewritten, but due to the legality of the situation, they are not authorized to comment on it at this time.

Disney hasn’t commented on Club Penguin Rewrite’s removal, but the site recently started running ads. Because of this, the site was probably making money off of Disney’s intellectual property, which would have given them a bigger copyright claim than something like Toontown Rewritten, which runs without any ads and is just there to preserve the original game.


Since the website was taken over by the PICPU, it has now been renamed “City” alongside the Discord page simply titled “Rewrite”. Since Disney still owns the copyright to Club Penguin, it’s extremely unlikely that Rewritten will be able to come back from the claim in any form, especially if it has started generating revenue from ads.

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