In the battle between copyright holders and pirates, it’s likely that pirates will always win. That doesn’t mean that it’s not becoming more and more difficult for people to download illicit material that they have no right to, though.
Adding one more hurdle to the pirates’ plight is the mysterious, seemingly voluntary shutdown of one of the largest Torrent sites on the high seas: ExtraTorrent. Last week, would-be pirates were greeted by a message on the popular file sharing gateway called it quits:
“ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently
ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline.. We permanently erase all data. Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones.
Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community.
ET was a place to be…”
In addition to that, the pilfering provider’s primary release group, ETRG, is done too – though some of its other release groups may stick around.
“Ettv and Ethd could remain operational if they get enough donations to sustain the expenses and if the people handling it [are] ready to keep going”, ExtraTorrent operator SaM told Torrentfreak.
ExtraTorrents is the latest large Bittorrent provider to fall, joining the likes of KickassTorrents, Torrentz.eu, TorrentHound and What.cd.
Earlier this year, local Usenet provider NewsHost and its torrent analogue Bitfarm were brought down by the South African Federation Against Copyright Theft. The anti-piracy company was given a mandate by the Motion Picture Association to target local sites that enabled copyright infringement.
“SAFACT was also granted power of attorney from MPA member studios directly,” said SAFACT Managing Director Jacques Allers. “This mandate allows for the civil and criminal prosecution of parties engaged in any activity that may constitute the infringement of copyright-protected films.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible (or even difficult) to pirate new games, TV shows and movies – but the more hurdles, the better.
Last Updated: May 22, 2017