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High Court orders ISPs to block a dozen more 'pirate' sites



The UK High Court has ordered more 'pirate' streaming sites be added to the country's unofficial ban list, asking ISPs to block access to 13 sites including the popular 123movies.to.

Requested by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the order adds to the increasing list of blocked websites that facilitate copyright infringement.

ISPs including Sky, BT, TalkTalk, Everything Everywhere, Telefonica UK, and Virgin are all required to prevent their users from accessing the newly identified sites.

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Among the websites listed are Genvideos.org, Hdmovieswatch.net, and 123movies.to, which attracts millions of daily visitors from around the world.

Some of the sites, including 123movies, are directing users to other urls, hosted in different countries, which will allow them to get around the block.

The MPA claims research shows that U.K. sites lose 75% of their estimated usage on average following a block such as the one that has been ordered this week.

ISPs must prevent access to the named sites within the following days, but it's unclear whether all of them have managed to establish the block at the time of writing.

Here's the full list of blocked websites: 123movies.to, Geektv.is, Genvideos.org, Gowatchseries.biz, Hdmovies14.net, Hdmovieswatch.net, Themovie4u.com, Moviesub.net, Movietubenow.biz, Series-cravings.me, Spacemov.com, Streamallthis.is and Watchmovies.ms.

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Let us know what you think of the order in the comments.


October 29, 2016, 2:42 pm

I think this is what China does. Y'know, block access to websites it feels to be damaging or dangerous. What they should do is encourage the producers of the content to make it available legally at a price which isn't stupid and without stupid restrictions on use. Give the people an easier, legal way to watch and they will. But they're too obsessed with high prices and the "artists" and "stars" not being able to gold plate their swimming pools.

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