BitTorrent Sites Shut Down, Admins Arrested

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In a renewed effort to put a halt to piracy, Spanish Police shut down two BitTorrent sites. and were both taken offline and three administrators were arrested and accused of facilitating "copyright infringement".

BitTorrent Sites Shut Down, Admins ArrestedThe main target,, was one of the largest Spanish BitTorrent sites in Spain with tens of thousands active users. On the site we now read the following message (translated):


According to the Police, was responsible for more than 500,000 € in losses to copyright holders, while the site itself made more than 30,000 € in profits. Numbers that can’t be backed up by any evidence of course, but we’re used to that. was not the only site affected by the raids. In addition, the police took down, a sister site of, another sister site, now redirects to

This is not the first time that Spanish authorities take action against BitTorrent sites. Last year, 15 administrators of BitTorrent and eDonkey sites were arrested, in the largest P2P raid in Spanish history. Most of the sites that were shut down last year (17 in total) remain unavailable up until today, however, now redirects to, one of the largest BitTorrent sites in Spain.

A bittersweet week for Spanish pirates.


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