Bad news for the torrent world in Spain. This morning we have been able to find out through our colleagues at Xataka that the Spanish Justice has ordered the blocking of several Torrent file exchange pages thanks to the lawsuit filed by the Association for the Management of Intellectual Property Rights. The lock in question affects up to a total of seven torrent pages, including 1337x, ExtraTorrent, Masquetorrent, LimeTorrents, IsoHunt, TorLock, and TorrenFunk . The application of the blockade, although it has not yet been effective, is expected to take place in the next few weeks throughout the month of February.
1337x blocked, the beginning of the end for torrent download pages?
Just a few hours ago, the Court of Instruction number 1 of Barcelona has ordered the blocking of nothing more and nothing less than seven pages of Torrent file exchange . It does so by, according to the sentence handed down, "using a BitTorrent protocol to exchange music, movies, series and other works protected by copyright . "
This could cause the so-called call effect on other websites with similar content and characteristics, which could be affected by the demand of other associations related to copyright . We already saw it a few years ago with the SGAE, and it would not be surprising if new associations join this type of demands to order the blocking (not closing) of other Torrent pages like the ones we saw in this other article. Be that as it may, what is a fact is that the Spanish Justice is taking measures to block this type of website.
Will we be able to enter 1337x and the other affected pages after the crash?
The blockade, although it has not yet been applied, affects access to them from anywhere in Spain. At the moment it is possible to access all these , so if we want to download a specific file, it is best to do so as soon as possible.
Can we continue to access once they are blocked in Spain? Only time will tell. As we have seen on previous occasions with pages such as The Pirate Bay or Kickass Torrent, the owners of the affected pages could change the address and the web access server to allow access from Spain .
We can also choose to use a VPN to access these types of pages. Here we show five free VPNs to access from anywhere in the world.
Source | Engadget