Torrent tracker Demonoid returned from the dead earlier this year, but it quickly attracted the notice of music rightsholders. Italy has become one of the first countries where ISPs have been ordered to block the relaunched site. As TorrentFreak reports, the spur was a complaint made by Italian industry body FIMI on behalf of the three major labels, with the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority granting a preliminary injunction forcing ISPs to block the entire site. TorrentFreak – not a fan of such blocking orders, to say the least – has found a lawyer to suggest that the move is “illegitimate”. He may be right: earlier in the year, a blocking order for a video streaming site was squashed by the Court of Rome on the grounds that ISPs should have been told to block specific infringing URLs, rather than the entire site. If Demonoid chooses to appeal its block, that case will be part of its defence. Well, most of it, most likely.

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