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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Portugal Has the Best Pirate Site-Blocking System

Portugal Has the Best Pirate Site-Blocking System

Portugal Has the Best Pirate Site-Blocking System

Added: Monday, October 10th, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
A voluntary pirate site-blocking scheme in Portugal was appreciated by the MPAA, which called it the best international example of anti-piracy practices. While copyright holders in other countries have to push blockades through the courts – both expensive and controversial, – the process is much more streamlined in Portugal. Back in 2015, copyright holders, service providers and the government came to an agreement that makes it a formality to have websites blocked in the country. In case all the parties agree that a website is operating illegally, it can be blocked without any court order.


Of course, the copyright owners take full advantage of the scheme: in October 2015, they blocked the first batch of the prominent file-sharing services and torrent trackers, and another 40 sites were added in November. In 6 months, more than 330 websites had been blocked in the country.

This progress impressed the Motion Picture Association of America: the movie group has been presenting the Portuguese model to the Spanish and French Senate. In the meantime, the Portuguese Association of Audiovisual Works Defense said that an MPAA-sponsored study revealed that out of 250 unauthorized websites, 22 had already been voluntarily blocked by the program, which is now receiving international recognition for its streamlined processes. The agencies point out to its efficiency in relation to results versus costs of litigation, as it has allegedly resulted in a 60% decrease in visits to pirate websites.

The Portuguese Association of Audiovisual Works Defense believes that the drop in pirating is similar to the one achieved by blocking in the Unites Kingdom, where the pirate websites typically lose 3/4 of their local users within 3 months of a blockade. However, piracy somehow persists in both countries, despite hundreds of pirate sites and thousands of URLs being blocked. Apparently, this drop in traffic to domains is not equal to a drop in piracy rates or increase in sales.

In any case, the MPAA and other anti-piracy outfits will still continue their blocking efforts. So far, voluntary schemes are clearly preferred, because they receive less judicial scrutiny after implementation and cost far less to run.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Monday, October 10th, 2016

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-10-11 01:00:14)
SirSeedsAlot avatarpirates just sail other seas there is no benefit from blocking sites

posted by (2016-10-11 10:32:28)
No avatarAnd instead of using the ISP's DNS we use google's. Just that is enough to circumvent the blockade.

posted by (2016-10-11 18:20:25)
PenguinPirate avatarWell it must not be all that good, I went to Portugal a couple of most ago and had no trouble getting to any torrent site even with only a phone and no vpn.

I don't use ISP DNS but theres no way in hell I'd use googles, openDNS is what I use.

Google never was and never will be your friend. - Spock*

*not actually Spock!

posted by (2016-10-11 22:23:15)
No avatarVery true PenguinPirate, Google is part of NSA. So is Microsoft I might add since they put so many back doors in Windows today. It really is ruining the internet for privacy/security.
Now that the UN has control over the DNS.. Let the fun begin.

posted by men (2016-10-12 16:56:54)
Nui avatarThat's funny coz I'm Portuguese and here I am...

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-10-13 10:09:10)
analogkid6103 avatarSo they have blocking system eh? I also hear they have a Casino.

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