Italian courts have ordered ISPs in the country to block the torrent search engine KickassTorrents.
We have already seen similar orders being passed in some European countries against The Pirate Bay.
KickassTorrents is the latest target of such court orders. We have already seen demise of multiple torrent services including BTjunkie which was massively popular before it was shut down.
Incidentally, KickassTorrents is blocked on airtel broadband here in India. This block is related to a recent court ruling that directed all ISPs operating in the country to prevent piracy of movies released by Reliance Entertainment.
Considering the ISPs have little power on what the users do with their internet connections, they responded by blocking access to file sharing and torrent services. The block even extended to harmless services like Xmarks and Pastebin!