Banhammer hits loads of Chinese piracy sites


Hey, something’s happening in China vis-à-vis piracy! The country’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has been fiddling with downloads there for the past few days, and people are complaining that they’re not about to access the content they were once able to.

The new action affects BitTorrent download and has all but taken down VeryCD, which is supposedly the country’s biggest download site. (As if I know anything about China download habits.) Someone told China Daily, and English language newspaper there, that he’ll “never be able to download Hollywood movies or classical records again.”

SARFT has shut down some 530 BitTorrent sites in the past few days.

And if you’re looking to kill a few minutes, you may want to read this list of films that are for whatever reason banned in China.

I see that Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was banned. Lucky China.