08-18-2012, 12:10 AM
Thank you, thank you. At last we're getting somewhere with this. It's certainly technically possible for them to selectively block downloads without affecting access to other parts of their sites. But why would they do that? We can only guess.
A couple of weeks ago, the famous BitTorrent site Demonoid was taken down. The site was based in Mexico; the Mexican authorities arrested the operators and issued an Interpol warrant to take down the Demonoid servers in Ukraine. It happened just before a meeting between Ukraine and US to discuss, amongst other things, copyright enforcement. This sounds remarkably like the AllOfMp3 closure five years ago. You mentioned that you are in Mexico - it's possible Sparks are trying to protect themselves by blocking downloads from Mexico, but not doing it very accurately. Feel free to invent your own conspiracy theory...
Many people use VPN services these days; for a couple of dollars a week you can hide your internet traffic from snoopers and also bypass local blocking by changing your apparent location to another part of the planet.
It would be useful if anyone else with the disabled downloads problem could post here and give their location. It would also be good to know whether this is an intermittent problem or if, once blocked, you stay blocked.