The Chinese government has shut down more than 500 BitTorrent sites in the last week, following the introduction of new anti-piracy legislation. “Illegal audio-visual service websites have brought great harm to the media industry and the administration will continue to seek and destroy illegal Internet audio-visual program providers,” says a government spokesperson. However, the piracy debate in China is complicated by the fact that people use P2P to access films, books and music that are banned there, rather than simply to download stuff for free. Source: ReadWriteWeb

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