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UK ISPs urged to block file sharing websites

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 27 Mar 2011 21:16 User comments (6)

UK ISPs urged to block file sharing websites Media companies urge UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to voluntarily block access to piracy websites.
They are being urged to block access to sites like the Pirate Bay and Newzbin2, as an alternative to media companies targeting end users for copyright infringement. In total, rights holders already have a list of about 100 top priority sites it would like to see blocked by UK ISPs.

In the voluntary system, content owners would have to pass evidence to the ISPs that a certain website is used primarily to aid copyright infringement. ISPs would then take action against the site. However, there are some concerns that are holding ISPs back from committing to any such system.

Firstly, they believe an impartial judge should decide whether a website is aiding illegal activity and should be blocked. Secondly, who would be liable for legal ramifications if a website were incorrectly flagged and blocked off from UK users?

The communications minister, Ed Vaizey, is attempting to push through such a voluntary system as the anti-piracy measures in the Digital Economy Act are fiercely opposed by providers. BT and TalkTalk have reportedly spent more than 1 million in legal fees challenging the act, and it faces a delay of at least 12 months. Both providers have 8.4 million customers in the UK between them.

"Cheaper than notice sending would be site blocking," said one rights holder present at the government meetings. "We're more interested in site blocking than mass notification letters. We don't want to target end users, the mass notification system is long winded we want something now."

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6 user comments

128.3.2011 7:47

the joys of censorship to prop up failing business models

228.3.2011 15:51
TheBuz
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if this happens i'm leaving the UK, no joke.

328.3.2011 21:09

Originally posted by TheBuz:
if this happens i'm leaving the UK, no joke.
damn ill join you too

429.3.2011 4:37

Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Originally posted by TheBuz:
if this happens i'm leaving the UK, no joke.
damn ill join you too
We off to Canada then??



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529.3.2011 15:14

Originally posted by ps3lvanub:
Originally posted by A5J4DX:
Originally posted by TheBuz:
if this happens i'm leaving the UK, no joke.
damn ill join you too
We off to Canada then??
Canada uses less bandwidth use than other countries

69.4.2011 14:19

Originally posted by xaznboitx:
Canada uses less bandwidth use than other countries
And yet in the same newsletter we get:
Netflix forced to cut down data usage for canadian subscribers
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 09 Apr 2011 @ 14:20

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