BARCELONA, SP (CelebrityAccess) – A Barcelona court has ruled that internet providers in Spain must block access to seven torrent sites.
The decision follows action by representatives of the local music industry, who are describing the ruling as a step towards “the end of the era of impunity.”
Sites included in the court order are Masquetorrent.com, Isohunt.to, Limetorrents.cc, Torlock.com, Torrentfunk.com, Extratorrent.cd and 1337x.to, the latter of which has been reported to have had more than 85 million visitors over the last year.
Local music industry group Promusicae (Productores de Música de España) welcomed the decision of the Barcelona Court, with president Antonio Guisasola saying: “We have suffered for many years at the hands of those who believed that music was a product that could be plundered and distributed without the slightest scruple.
“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.”