Last updated by Tomas Wilsdow - February 20th, 2021 - 06:03 pm
The modern era has brought us a number of technologies which would be considered nothing short of a miracle to previous generations. Our ability to access information, entertainment media, and a myriad of software and tools is remarkable.
Unfortunately, we also live in an age of censorship, proprietary licenses, and varying convoluted copyright statutes. One particular source of information, tools, and media is heavily influenced by these modern limitations: torrents.
Torrenting faces heavy-handed tactics by Governments, various organizations, and Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) who limit and/or monitor access to platforms hosting such content, Cpasbien is no exception. Cpasbien is a very popular French content torrenting platform, albeit it has become blocked and monitored by a number of providers and Governments.
As a result, Cpasbien users who often consume French content through the website are reporting an inability to access the platform in droves, worldwide.
We’ve compiled a list of five active alternatives for all of your torrenting needs. Though, they may not be safe or reliable, and as time passes torrenting websites are becoming an endangered species. First, let’s discuss some of the questions you might have.
Why are Torrenting Sites Being Blocked and Removed?
When it comes to copyright laws and sharing content, there are a number of rules that apply. For example, creating a torrent or downloading the contents of a book, song, film, or piece of software in the public domain is perfectly legal. However, if the media being downloaded or posted is actively owned under copyright, trademark, or patenting law (which is not globally uniform), it is then considered illegal. Because most downloads of media are of recent or popular releases (therefore copyrighted unless explicitly stated otherwise), downloading or posting it is illegal in most countries.
As a result of the historically typical illegality of media transferred on most torrenting platforms they have almost all subsequently been targeted for removal or blocking, and their users sued and/or their founders legally prosecuted. Even as new platforms emerge and others harden their resistance to censorship, new and updated technologies and legislation continue to encircle and flank torrenting platforms.
What Can I Do to Continue Torrenting Content?
Although we’ve discussed the legality of torrenting protected content, and troubles connecting to websites like Cpasbien, there are alternative websites and tools available. Alternatives to Cpasbien offer you the ability to access the same content and much more, allowing you to broaden your horizons while discovering new and interesting content.
While perusing torrenting sites it is recommended to use a VPN (virtual private network) which helps protect your identity not only during P2P (port to port) connections but also from the prying eyes of internet service providers and Governmental organizations like law enforcement.
Some internet service providers in western countries will go so far as to detect the difference in the size of data packets transferred from and to your router when connected via VPN and will throttle or shut down your connection altogether, regardless of your payment status. Although this practice has been largely abandoned due to public outcry over the past decade, it is something you should be aware of when trying a VPN for the first time.
What is A VPN?
Summarily stated, a VPN masks your identity by creating a virtual Internet Protocol (IP) address and, in short, makes you appear as if you’re located at the server through which your connection is forwarded. By doing so, traffic to and from your computer is generally unable to be easily traced back to you.
By using a VPN you can protect your privacy, proprietary data, and identifying information.
Which VPN Should I Use?
There are premium VPNs available which offer widely trusted security such as Nord VPN, Surfshark, CyberGhost, and ExpressVPN. Alternatively, there is a free VPN with premium features available called ProtonVPN, which was created by former CERN scientists.
Top 5 Alternatives to Cpasbien
Kickass Torrents is one of the most accessed torrenting websites today and it offers a wide array of files. It provides magnet links which facilitates P2P file sharing via the user’s BitTorrent client of choice.
The website’s design and layout is minimalistic and simple which helps users to start using the website right away. However, popup windows are something the user will need to come to terms with when searching for torrents, even with a popup blocker.
Kickass Torrents is banned in various countries around the world; you will need to find the right VPN server location to access it if you are from a country where it has been banned.
Torrent9 is a French torrent site like Cpasbien, and is also frequently accessed by a number of users. Its layout and design is focused on categories, especially that of films, quickly guiding the user to what they’re looking for.
Torrent9’s platform is reliable and has surged in popularity over the past few years, due in no small part to its user-friendly design and navigation.
Almost all of the content, in the form of media, on Torrent9 is available in HD, with rare exceptions.
GkTorrent is another French torrenting site which offers television series, computer and console games, eBooks, music, apps, and of course films. GkTorrent also features a top 100 list, listings of its newest additions, as well as recommendations.
GkTorrent is focused on the French demographic, albeit it is available for anyone. Everything on the website is available in a few simple clicks.
The design of this website is also focused on content type categories.
YggTorrent is another French torrent platform which hosts a myriad of content types. From video games to eBooks, YggTorrent has categories in categories of available content for its users.
Unfortunately, YggTorrent requires an account which can scare users off, even though the account is free. Though, the account does include access to the YggTorrent community and FAQ where users and staff can answer any questions that you might have, or where you can make requests for torrents that you can’t find.
The Pirate Bay is a long-coveted platform by torrenters around the world. With its long history of survival through censorship, legal prosecution, and perseverance, it’s not hard to see why users continue to flock here. It is a steadfast boulder in the river of change.
The content available on TPB (The Pirate Bay) is only limited by your imagination and, of course, the moral code of the website’s curators. While many complain about popup ads, troubles connecting to the site, or the magnet links not functioning as intended; it is entirely possible to find another instance of TPB by looking for TPB proxy websites.
The reason that TPB is such a hardened and perseverent platform is that it exists as numerous interconnected hubs where each spoke accesses the available torrents from the hubs. As a result, there is no singular TPB website and, if you’re dissatisfied with one of its instances, you can simply find another.
The Pirate Bay gets the Editor’s Choice from our review of the available torrenting platforms.
While Cpasbien is a fantastic platform for French content, accessibility has been limited tremendously in recent months and years. Although it’s much more difficult to access, the alternatives we’ve proposed are reliable, easy to use, and well-known.
Additionally, we’ve briefly touched on VPN’s and home cybersecurity. We hope that you take our advice and use one before going online and browsing torrents.