Spanish police blocks pirate websites

Spain’s Guardia Civil has blocked 23 websites that allowed users to download movies and other content protected by copyright. Among there are popular sites such as www.divxtotal.com and www.estrenosdtl.com, among others.
The operation, named Cascada, is part of a campaign that aims to block illegal sites offering content such as movies, series and games. “This is the first of a series of actions that will be carried out against this type of web pages that provide content protected by copyright through P2P networks,” the Guardia Civil said in a statement.
According to the Spanish police, “most of the websites investigated had very high daily visits rates” and “80% of their traffic was originated in Spain”.
Guardia Civil also said that these domains, originally created by a person of Spanish origin, were sold to a company based in Argentina, which is their current owner and administrator. In turn, it mentioned that they have implemented several measures aimed at provoking a total blockade since the responsible for the pages used various methods to avoid closing or blocking them.
However, some of these pages are still active outside of Spain because the servers are not located in the country. Thus, users can continue to access from abroad or through VPN (Virtual Private Network) services. The Facebook page of Divxtotal, for example, offers options to continue visiting the site.