Portugal Has Blocked 330 Websites in Past 6 MonthsAdded: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
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Portugal has quickly become a world leader in pirate site blocking. Back in summer 2015, the country signed a memorandum of understanding between copyright owners and Internet service providers, and by now Portugal has already blocked 330 websites and is not going to stop.
Website blocking is the favorite anti-piracy mechanisms of copyright holders these days. They believe that censoring websites at the ISP level is effective and cheaper than direct legal action against infringing services.
While other countries who enforced website blocking involve the legal system in the process, Portugal took a different approach that involved an agreement between copyright owners, broadband providers and the government. According to the agreement, if a website is deemed illegal by these parties, it can be blocked without a court order.
Of course, this scheme is very beneficial for copyright holders and they take full advantage of it now. Portugal is currently blocking a vast range of file-sharing and related services that offer films, TV shows, music and books – more than 330 sites in total.
The industry watchers admit that the rate of blocking is unprecedented – in October 2015 alone, more than 50 websites were blocked by Internet service providers, including KickassTorrents, Isohunt, RARBG and us. In November 2015, another 40 were added, and 240 sites followed in the period from December to April. All this has been achieved without going to court.
Now Hollywood and the major copyright holders are pushing for this kind of voluntary agreement with ISPs, domain registries or payment providers internationally.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
|Would be very interesting to see how this changes spending on those now blocked avenues to copyrighted material. OK VPN etc circumvention still at play but Portugal seems like it has a b0ner for stopping P2P for its citizens. How will this affect the money people spend? LOL Kinda hope it shows zero growth.|
|posted by (2016-05-03 21:04:45)|
|I'm Portuguese. The money spent by people on entertainment, (movies and songs) is exactly the same that was before this site blocking berserk. So for Hollywood this is zero growth. You know if I'm Portuguese and I'm here posting this the blockade is not infallible. And of course people like me give away the circumvent solutions by word of mouth or SMS to their friends and neighbours. I'm not saying that piracy by itself is good, but what I'm saying is that we have 20% of unemployment down here and so if people are poor because they have no jobs the Government and Hollywood shouldn't expect them to have the money to spend on unnecessary things like movies or songs. Anyway most of my downloads are TV shows that are free to watch in America and here can be viewed on Basic Cable, which I have but I don't like TV and stupid ads, plus the shows are often outdated, like NCIS for example, it's on season 11 in the USA and here they're showing season 10. I have no patience for cable & ISP morons-retards. And there are shows that they don't even show, like DC Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash. F#$% them all greedy retards, bastard morons. We're still FREE!|
|Nui you said it all good post|
|posted by (2016-05-04 21:20:54)|
|Right on Nui. I'm Portuguese as well. Live abroad, but keep torrenting whenever i go to Portugal on holidays. Doesn't take much, simple google search. For every site they block, there's another 2 options. This is just portuguese authorities trying to be leaders at something other than the amazing 2nd place we got at poor conditions of living in the civilized world, just behind Greece.|
|Funnily enough the DL I look forward to the most are TV torrent like The Flash and DC Legends too. I know not serious stuff..just light entertainment.|
Nice to hear from you Portuguese anyway. Fight the good fight. With all you might!
|posted by (2016-05-06 02:35:47)|
|Portuguese here too. These site blocking is useless and kind of a joke too. They even misspelled some sites.||
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