The Chinese Government, never afraid to take unpopular actions, has been shutting down BitTorrent sites, China Daily reports.
BTChina has been inaccessible for some days now. VeryCD is online after a short break, but it is expected to be closed down unless it can gain a licence to trade. Even if it does that, it will not be able to track torrents.
ReadWriteWeb reports a frenzy of downloading in China in the past week as pirates grab as much as they can before the shutters come down.
“My roommates were shocked to hear VeryCD is going down,” Huang Shan, a 20-year-old college student told METRO in reference to a major BT website.
“I may never be able to download Hollywood movies or classical records again.”
VeryCD went offline yesterday afternoon due to a technical failure, Dai Yunjie, co-founder of the website, posted on Sina.com, and a notice that appeared yesterday evening on the website log-on page read service may resume Thursday noon.
Internet experts told METRO the failure might be caused by an overload of users seeking last-minute free downloads.
As the largest BT download website in China with 5 million downloads each year, VeryCD has been on the verge of closure after the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) shut hundreds of similar peer-to-peer file sharing sites, including the 50 million-user BTChina, during the last 10 days in its latest attempt to fight pornography and piracy online.