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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Major European File-Hosting Services to Shutdown

Major European File-Hosting Services to Shutdown

Major European File-Hosting Services to Shutdown

Added: Monday, March 14th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Partageurs, Lolabits and Abelhas are some of the most popular file-sharing services in France, Spain, and Brazil/Portugal respectively. All of them have announced a shutdown at the end of March, explaining the turn of events with reasons beyond their control. The services ask their users to backup any stored files.

Some of the largest file-sharing services like The Pirate Bay are targeted at an international audience. However, there are also many localized services tailored to users in smaller regions speaking different languages. The file-hosting services Lolabits.es, Abelhas.pt and Partageurs.com are exactly such services. They are all linked and target users in Spanish, Portuguese and French. As a result, they are quite popular in countries with these languages. Now the sites have announced they would shut down at the end of March, citing the “reasons beyond their control”. They urged their users to back up their files as soon as possible.

The Lolabits operator clarified the situation, saying that there were no legal issues with the services. In fact, they have other problems, including monetization. In other words, they were no longer sustainable to keep them online.

Of course, copyright holders celebrate this move, because file-sharing services were common targets for DMCA requests: according to Google’s transparency report, the copyright holders asked to remove more than a million links directing to these three websites. Abelhas was flagged the most: over 800,000 requests in recent months.

The industry observers found out that the original Polish peer of these services, Chomikuj.pl, was not going to go offline and lives on for now. The site has been in operation for more than a decade and remains among the top 30 most-visited websites in Poland.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Monday, March 14th, 2016

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-03-14 17:08:54)
Lysender avatarwhat local services like these should start doing is creating links with english speaking platforms like torrent sites, as focusing on systems which serve smaller audiences focusing on languages less spoken on the web is logically fighting a losing battle. I do not know what people at ETRG are doing, but i'd suggest u try to approach your european file sharing counterparts and start creating an ecosystem with them. this way, torrenting and these local filesharing systems could save each other. the web is in a tranformative phase, it doesn't mean capitalist forces have to win. let's start thinking out of the box. if you have connections, use them. I have only creative suggestions, which i'm happy to share with you

posted by ET junkieKitty (2016-03-14 20:42:11)
Selsley avatarerrr spanish and french is spoken in more places than english is

posted by (2016-03-15 02:25:38)
No avataractually French lost their lead a long time ago about 2 decades. If your talking numbers its Chinese first, then Spanish then English. Of course this is native speaking. If you look at the world population as a whole ofc English winds, most European speak English, All America speak English, most international countries speak English as a second language too. It used to be French and France only 30 years ago but now its very clearly English as most people speak it as a second or even third language.

posted by (2016-03-15 03:36:11)
alexanderlecard avatardont put capitalists in this although im sure they played a small part. its Europe big brother,camera on every corner monarchy and its intelligence services.

posted by (2016-03-15 18:13:29)
Admiral_Smith avatarMight as well go back to file sharing with gnutella networks then. why? There is a central search engine in it for file sharing.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-03-16 05:26:09)
SirSeedsAlot avatarcan't make money giving away free stuff? That's a shame.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-03-16 14:19:35)
Embolism avatar@1 personally having been around since the Ark and having used message boards as well as torrent sites from one end of the world to the other it all comes down to Decentralization and always has as far as torrents and security,the latter which I tested in torrent applications from around 2000 - present day.When the screws get turned you adapt or die and so through some of (well most of to be accurate)my suggestions Azureus added blocklist/safepeer.DHT and torrent browser to reduce leakage whilst <PARG> paul graham has worked on I2P the latter being what one could see used at some point for torrent acquisition when things hit the fan with servers and sites by simply having a torrent board it would be no frills but also low latency which makes it hard to track,most of us have been around since Ant p2p,shareaza,bittorrent,emule,etc and we will continue despite the witch hunts and site closures 20 million of us cannot be wrong. (;^D)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-03-16 14:48:02)
Embolism avatar@5 I tested Gnutela in 2003 and it was well established and working well open source, but not as secure as java clients.most today have torrent search ,blocklist and feature DHT recommend port forwarding and encryption as well as giving the end user a safe working environ to start with whereas most early programs had a lot of shall we say less desirable elements in them like xollix with one application not mentioning no names one having 5 tracking elements all potentially giving the user away to the feds,thankfully we have come a long way since then.

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