More file-sharing sites targeted for blocking in UK

Summary:According to reports, the BPI has asked the UK's largest ISPs to block access to the file-sharing sites Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents. As per usual, the ISPs have refused to do so without a court order.

Rights holders have asked the UK's largest internet service providers to block access to three file-sharing websites, reports say.


According to the BBC, the BPI has approached the ISPs regarding Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents, all of which are used to share torrent files for content such as movies and music.

As is becoming customary in such matters, the ISPs — BT, O2, EE, Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk — have said they will only block the sites if told by a court to do so.

The ability to have ISPs block copyright-infringing sites originated in the middle of last year, when a court ordered BT and others to stop their customers accessing Newzbin2 . Shortly afterwards, in early November, rights holders asked ISPs to voluntarily block The Pirate Bay without a court order — this was met with a refusal, and the rights holders duly got their court order in late April.

This time round, it appears the BPI wants to speed the process up. The BBC article suggests that the rights holders want to have the sites blocked by Christmas, and quotes copyright lawyer Adam Rendle as saying this may actually happen, due to the precedents set in earlier cases.

Whether or not the blockage achieves its aims is another matter. In the case of The Pirate Bay (TPB), the site's administrators have consistently made it easy to circumvent such barriers by throwing up new IP addresses.

Topics: Security, Legal, Networking, United Kingdom


David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both... Full Bio

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