The commercial court No. 1 of Barcelona has issued a ruling obligating the blockade of seven websites that offered access to protected musical content for which they had no rights. The judicial resolution orders the main Internet providers in Spain (such as Movistar, Vodafone and others) to prevent access to Masquetorrent.com, Isohunt.to, 1337x.to, Limetorrents.cc, Torlock.com. Torrentfunk.com and Extratorrent.cd.
The activity of these websites had been denounced by the Association for the Management of Intellectual Property Rights (AGEDI), an entity that has already managed to block a page with similar contents, in this case Exvages, for the same reasons. According to the plaintiffs, some of the websites had achieved significant popularity levels, such as the 1337x case, which, with more than 85 million visits, had risen to 274th place in the Alexa world ranking. Some studies gave him a profit of 1.3 million dollars.
The seven portals used a file exchange protocol "Peer to peer" or P2P and presented an immense list of contents that covered music, movies, series and other works protected by intellectual property rights. In the specific case of music content, the systems offered classification and cataloging systems with which any user could locate the desired content in a simple and immediate way. Searches were enabled by artists, albums or songs, with plenty of additional information about these files.
As indicated in a statement Promusicae, the entity that groups the record companies in Spain, pointed out that the ruling "reinforces the judicial path supported by jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) according to which the intermediaries that provide services to third party offenders have an important role that play in the fight against piracy and must suspend these services to eradicate infringements against intellectual property. " The president of Promusicae, Antonio Guisasola, has congratulated himself that "the recent action of the justice is decisively contributing to end the era of impunity" for offenders.
"We have suffered for many years," added Guisasola, "of open bar for those who believed that music was a good that could be plundered and distributed without the slightest scruple." And he concluded: "In the end, the efforts of creators and producers do not fall on deaf ears. Beyond the harsh generalized economic crisis, the music industry has suffered a bloody time that destroyed tens of thousands of jobs and put at serious risk the very development of our cultural fabric. The decisive changes implemented to favor new and more accessible modes of consumption require the backing of administrative and judicial authorities to rid themselves of the unfair competition of fraudulent businesses and resolutions such as this show that we are all moving in the right direction. "