Dozens of torrent sites, including well-known platforms like, and, could be forced to shut down by the end of this week, leaving the file-sharing world in turmoil. The expected mass exodus is due to a broad change of policy at the Dutch web hoster LeaseWeb, which used to be a reliable partner for many torrent sites but has recently come under pressure by rights holders.

The Netherlands isn’t the only region feeling the heat; rights holders are increasing the pressure on torrent sites around the world. P2P communities in recent weeks have been forced offline in Iceland, Canada, the UK and Hungary, leaving some P2P users to wonder if there are any safe places left for file-trading platforms. Continue reading at

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