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ISPs to block access to three more file-sharing websites in new High Court ruling

Sam Loveridge


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The High Court has ruled that UK ISP’s must block access to three more file-sharing websites in a response to a court case brought by the music industry body, the British Photographic Industry (BPI).

Six UK ISPs including BSkyB, BT and Virgin Media, which account for 94 per cent of the UK’s broadband market, must block their users from accessing piracy-related websites Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy.

The presiding judge, Mr Justice Arnold, granted the order to command British ISPs to “take measures to block or at least impeded access by their customers” to the sites in questions.

“The growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music online without permission,” said BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor. “Blocking illegal sites helps ensure that the legal digital market can grow and labels can continue to sign and develop new talent.”

This latest blanket block follows a similar ruling last year involving the larger, Sweden-based file-sharing site, The Pirate Bay. Figures from the BBC suggested that the levels on online pirate activity were only affected for a few days by the block on The Pirate Bay, as users engaging in piracy found other routes to access the site or opting to use other similar services.

Understandably, many people are still unconvinced by the effectiveness of a website block for a preventative measure against piracy.

After the Pirate Bay block was put into place, Pirate Party UK offered a workaround for British internet users. Its leader, Loz Kaye, said the BPI is “out of control” in its war on file-sharing websites.

“The British music industry has nothing positive to show from their site blocks and personal legal threats,” he said. “Looking at sales figures from 2012, you can’t draw the conclusion that stopping access to the Pirate Bay did anything to help artists.

The six ISPs named in the High Court ruling have been given 15 days working days within which they must ensure that access to Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy is no longer available.

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Via: BBC


March 1, 2013, 12:01 pm

Sounds to me like a bunch of expensive lawers and consultants justifying their existance. I don't use Pirate Bay, but I wondered how hard it would be to find a way to still access it - it took a good 3 seconds before Google told me the answer. That is how effective these bans are!

I still believe the best answer is to give people want they want, at a fair price without crazy DRM type restrictions or regional timing restrictions, etc, etc. This has gradually happened to a degree over time (iTunes, etc don't DRM their music anymore). This won't stop it and I don't think you ever will.


March 1, 2013, 2:07 pm

Ha...this is pointless. Even less than pointless, it's counter productive. As SEL points out, it's simple to find out how to by pass this. What's worse, they've just told everybody three more file sharing websites they can use. Of course, I'm sure it's just as easy to search for other file sharing webs sites too.

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