According to the online paper, Elmundo.es , the Civil Guard announced on Tuesday that it has launched a campaign to block websites downloading content protected by copyright with the subsequent blocking of 23 web pages that link free of charge to sites where movies, series, music and video games can be downloaded.
In the first phase of the operation codename 'Cascada' , which is led by the Central Operational Unit (UCO), a total of 23 web domains have been blocked from which peer to peer links were directly downloaded from all types of protected audiovisual material. In some cases with media which has not even been released in Spain yet.
According to the Civil Guard, the blocked websites, including www.divxtotal.com, www.estrenosdtl.com or www.gamestorrents.com, offered high quality versions of films available on the cinema billboards in the country, not even having been released on Dvd or offical download.
Most of the web pages investigated had very high traffic, some of them being the best known and used in Spain to download illegally and free of charge, all kinds of protected audiovisual material.
These domains were created in the beginning by a person of Spanish origin, who then sold them to a company based in Argentina, who currently owns and administrates the sites.
According to the researchers, those responsible for these pages used various methods to avoid closeage or blocking such as hiding the actual location of their servers and the registration data of the contracted domains, even constantly changing the location of their servers in several countries.
The Department of Telematic Crimes of the UCO has detected cases in which domains previously blocked judicially, were reactivated in a matter of hours, some with virtually identical domain names or even changing only the domain extension for example .com to .net.
No doubt Operation Casada will be looking into all forms of TV, Film and Media copyright abuse in Spain and they are getting smarter, so expect some blank TV Services and boxes in the future.