Italy ISPs ordered to block access to KickAssTorrents

Italy's Internet Service Providers have now been ordered to block access to yet another popular download site. TorrentFreak.com reports that a judge in that country has order that all of Italy's ISPs block any access to KickAssTorrents. The country already blocks access to The Pirate Bay. It also blocked access to another download site, BTjunkie, but that site closed its doors of its own volition earlier this year.

The decision to close access to the site came after an investigation by Italy's Guardia di Finanza, In a statement, the organization said:

This is another memorable dark day for digital piracy in Italy. After starting with The Pirate Bay in 2008 and the final closing of the doors at BTjunkie in February 2012, the Guardia di Finanza has targeted another super-pirate platform, virtually located in the Philippines and servers scattered around the world.

Launched in 2009, the site is now reportedly the third most popular torrent tracker on the Internet with three million daily visitors. So far the site has yet to issue a comment on this new move by the Italian courts.

This news follows the reveal a few weeks ago that the largest UK-based ISPs were ordered by the courts to block access to The Pirate Bay site. The site later added more IP addresses to allow UK and other European users access to the site.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Now if only torrent sites were to index their content only visible via google... I wonder how the governments and industry would react to people being able to just 'search' - yes i know - to magnet links via google.

Its strange because recent news suggests google has more take down notices then any of these torrent sites have torrents. what makes google any different in indexing illegal copyright material then it does some torrent site ?

sagum said,
Now if only torrent sites were to index their content only visible via google... I wonder how the governments and industry would react to people being able to just 'search' - yes i know - to magnet links via google.

Its strange because recent news suggests google has more take down notices then any of these torrent sites have torrents. what makes google any different in indexing illegal copyright material then it does some torrent site ?

The difference? ... well obviously it's the fact Google index everything and respond to the take down notices.

If torrent websites responded to take down notices... actually they just wouldn't bother to exist.

lt8480 said,

The difference? ... well obviously it's the fact Google index everything and respond to the take down notices.

If torrent websites responded to take down notices... actually they just wouldn't bother to exist.

I've not used a torrent site for a long time, but a quick check on http://kat.ph/dmca/ shows that they do have a DMCA procedure. I'm pretty sure most of the other ones do too and the usenet indexing sites have DMCA procedures too.

So, again. google and the torrent and usenet indexing sites all have search for content, that they only link to (including google, remember this). And they comply with DMCA takedown notices, yet google gets off and the others get taken down/banned/blocked/censored or what ever you want to call it.

Smells like they don't want to take on google because they don't have enough money to, and thats about it.

I don't blame them..
There is a chance someone could do wrong
Why give them a chance ? I don't think the people of Italy
can be trusted to make their own decisions,
thank god they have a Gov to censor them.

We know this crap ain't gonna end
but at some point things will be taken to far
I can't wait until things come to a head one day

If the concept / mentality behind this action is extended
Just how far should it go ?

Might as well turn off the internet then and ban everyone from using it
if you want to follow with the logic behind this..

Looks like the snowball is rolling. First they go after the #1 piracy site and now the #2 (I think Kickass is #2, please correct me if I'm wrong.)

On down the piracy chain it shall roll...

Athlonite said,

So how is that supposed EU countries are able to
defy the rulings of the EU court


AtriusNY said,

What do you mean?


The European Court Of Justice (not the EU parliament) ruled last November that ISPs
cannot be forced to block or monitor web users' online activity. That means that the
record companies and film studios cannot use court action to coerce broadband
internet providers into policing known piracy websites.

Case in point being the recent ruling by the High Court here in the UK, where some
of our bigger ISPs must block access to TPB. The European Court Of Justice could
at anytime tell the British High Court to reverse that ruling.

Athlonite said,
So how is that supposed EU countries are able to defy the rulings of the EU court

Hey, who cares about justice here, it's all about the piracy prevention and thinking about the children!!!
You demand transparency, lawful govt actions and following court rulings?
BAH! Go away!

/s
GS:mac

Kick down one door and a million more open. If the kind of people that do this think these stupidly blunt tools of censorship are going to effect their goals then they're seriously deluded. Clever people will always find ways to circumvent blocks, and pirates will always find other ways to get what they want.

aiir said,

what has?,
grow up.

use a proxy or vpn.

I'm not sure you can call that an infantile comment. Don't be so condescending.