TorrentFreak reports that a Spanish court has overturned a lower court ruling that saw rights holders successfully block several file-sharing sites that they claim engaged in illegal file uploading and downloading.
Following successful legal action by the MPAA-affiliated Anti-Piracy Federation (FAP), a court in the city of Zaragoza ordered local ISPs including Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, to block several sites allegedly engaged in copyright infringement. Days later sites like SpanishTracker, PCTorrent.com, NewPCT.com, PCTestrenos.com, Descargaya.es and TumejorTV.com were rendered inaccessible.
While the successful court action was seen as a major victory in Spain for rights holders, the celebrations were to be short-lived. That because the court-ordered site blocking were this week lifted by a court in Zaragoza.
On appeal, a judge sitting in Court of Instruction No.10 found that there “insufficient grounds” for maintaining the domain blockades to protect property rights, “especially when it is not absolutely necessary for the continuation of the investigation.”
When the case was being processed in 2013, a court had already determined that “the facts alleged did not constitute a crime.”
Those blocks are expected to be lifted with a few days.