The Pirate Bay may be getting some support from ISPs in some places, but other BitTorrent sites are not so lucky. With The Pirate Bay already blocked in the country, Italy has now turned its eye on a popular alternative, KickAssTorrents.
Unlike in some places, say the UK or the Netherlands, but very much like in other places, copyright lobbying groups have gotten the country's authorities to play copyright cops and spend the public's money defending US companies.
Authorities in the country are boasting
that they've managed to force ISPs to block the site, which they claim is generating millions of dollars in revenue per year, exploiting hard working artists. Only the old domain name is mentioned, so the new one, kat.ph, may not be targeted.
Italian BitTorrent users are very familiar with ways of getting around this type of blocks and their skills will only get better as authorities continue to hunt down sites. Those skills may come in handy if and when Italy decides to block YouTube or other video sites.