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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US Game Developer Was Mistakenly Censored in Portugal

US Game Developer Was Mistakenly Censored in Portugal

US Game Developer Was Mistakenly Censored in Portugal

Added: Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
The anti-piracy outfits and Internet service providers in Portugal recently stroke a voluntary anti-piracy agreement, which for some reason has resulted in unusual collateral damage. Apart from hundreds of pirate websites, the piracy blocklist also included site of Carbon Games, a US indie game company.

Under the new agreement, Portuguese ISPs have started to block hundreds of websites that allegedly link to copyright infringing material. Such voluntary blocking procedure was formalized 6 months ago by a deal between several parties, including the Ministry of Culture and the Association of Telecommunication Operators. The agreement says that the copyright holders are able to add new links without any intervention or oversight from a court. However, this approach has now led to some rather unusual collateral damage quite soon.

A few days ago, several Internet users noticed that the website of indie game developer Carbon Games was blocked by their ISPs “due to an order from the Regulator Agency”, just like any pirate website. The blockade was active across several large broadband providers in the country.

The procedure is the following: the websites are added following complaints from the rights owners, investigated by local anti-piracy group and get included on the blocklist if the group finds enough evidence of systematic infringing activity. The requirements are the following: piracy websites should contain at least 500 links to infringing content or have 1/3 of the site dedicated to facilitating copyright violation. Obviously, Carbon Games website doesn’t meet those requirements.

Fortunately for Portuguese gaming fans, the ban is easily circumvented – first of all, non-www addresses are not blocked, and secondly, people can change their DNS to something that doesn’t rely on their broadband provider, like Google DNS or OpenDNS.

In response, the Portuguese anti-piracy agency claimed that the Carbon Games website was not listed in their system and it had no idea why the address was blocked across various Internet service providers. According to some information, this blockade was requested a month ago on behalf of Regulatory Services and Games Inspection without notifying Carbon Games.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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