AfterDawn: Tech news

More Piracy site blocks in UK as music industry fires off demands

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 Oct 2012 20:22 User comments (3)

More Piracy site blocks in UK as music industry fires off demands BPI wants Pirate Bay block followed up with three more blocks.
The trade group, which represents record companies and labels in the United Kingdom, has contacted all six major UK Internet Service Provides - BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk - requesting that they now also block access to Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents.

UK ISPs have already blocked access to the Pirate Bay web tracker, and the BPI is hoping that further blocks will be implemented more quickly, now that there is legal precedent.

Responding to the BPI's latest request, the six major ISPs will comply and block access but only if they are obliged to with a court order. The BPI made the demand in a letter that was not meant for public viewing, but was seen and reported by the BBC News website.

"Like The Pirate Bay, these websites are profiting illegally from distributing music that isn't theirs, without permission and without paying a penny to the musicians, writers and producers who created it," a spokesman for the BPI told the BBC.

"It is plain wrong. The existence of these sites damages the growth of Britain's burgeoning digital music sector."

The aim is to have access to the three websites blocked by Christmas. According to numbers provided by Nielsen, traffic to the Pirate Bay has dropped by three quarters since it was blocked in the UK, though the BBC cites one source from an unnamed ISP that said piracy activity on its network dropped, but recovered within a week of the Pirate Bay block. That suggests heavily that Pirate Bay users either switched to another website for torrents, or they availed of several methods of getting around the blocks.

The Open Rights Group (ORG) remains completely opposed to the blocking. "Web blocking is an extreme response. If courts are being asked to block websites they need to be taking into consideration the rights of users and any legitimate usage of those sites," Jim Killock of ORG, said.

"It isn't clear whether a conversation between a judge, ISPs and rights holders is going to sufficiently represent the needs of users."

Tags: UK BPI piracy
Previous Next  

3 user comments

123.10.2012 11:12

BPI are a bit stupid, alot people never heard of these sites before....now they just provided free advertising for them

223.10.2012 12:13

Quote:

"Like The Pirate Bay, these websites are profiting illegally from distributing music that isn't theirs, without permission and without paying a penny to the musicians, writers and producers who created it," a spokesman for the BPI told the BBC.
correction the content on the sites is free.they are making money off the ads that appear on the sites.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

323.10.2012 13:09

wow are these moron's stupid or what people will just change there ip addresses and proxys and continue dumb moronic wankers

Comments have been disabled for this article.

News archive