Torrent Site Blockades Don’t Change Old Piracy Habits Right Away
Pirate site blocking is widely regarded as an effective tool to combat online piracy. But just how effective is it? Data show that a recent torrent site blocking order in the Netherlands had no visible impact on local downloading and sharing activity. Old habits die hard apparently; especially when there are still plenty of alternatives.
In March, a Dutch court ordered local ISP Delta to block access to the torrent sites 1337x, LimeTorrents, YTS, RARBG, Kickasstorrents and EZTV.
In addition to the main domains, a long list of proxies and mirrors are included as well. And if new domains pop up, these can be swiftly blocked too.
This is the second site blocking order in the Netherlands and a big win for local anti-piracy outfit BREIN. The anti-piracy group has spent more than a decade getting a Pirate Bay blockade in place and is now pushing through with new requests.
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