More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

Summary: A U.S. film industry body will apply for more court orders to force other major web providers in the UK to block websites that infringe copyright.

TOPICS: Browser, Telcos

Three more British internet service providers have been asked by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) to block access to file-sharing site Newzbin2.

Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky have received written requests on Monday, which said the film industry body is planning to take the two companies to court to prevent its users accessing the torrent site.

This comes just over a fortnight since the MPA won a case against broadband giant BT to block access to the Newzbin2 site, and only days after a music representative body the BPI asked BT to block torrent search engine The Pirate Bay from its customers.

But there is hope for the free and open British web, which was cut short this week by the MPA's court order, as some ISPs are considering their positions in a possible fightback.

(Source: ZDNet)

While TalkTalk indicated it was considering its position after discovering "some objectionable elements to the proposed injunction", Sky suggested it would obey court orders, in the run up to the MPA applying for a formal court hearing.

Virgin Media also said it would only adhere to the request if forced to by a UK court, which could result in its customers ultimately paying for the cost of having restricted web service.

But because BT was ordered to block its customers from accessing the site, rather than voluntarily doing so upon the MPA's request, the broadband and telecoms giant had to pay about £5,000 ($8,000) to do so, with an added £100 ($160) for each subsequent blocking notification.

BT has six million customers, and is the largest internet service provider in the UK. Though an MPA spokesperson said that "we don't rule out any options" regarding tackling smaller broadband providers, it would concentrate its efforts on the larger providers for "reasons of practicality".

The MPA said it will focus its efforts "only on the most harmful sites".

Before BT's court order was issued, the only web-blocking technology that was implemented on the British web was Cleanfeed, which flags and restricts access to sites hosting or linking to child abuse imagery. But since the court order went into effect, with BT forced to block access to the Newzbin2 site, the British web was no longer 'open'.

Though British web providers are not taking this lightly, it is clear that once the initial court order was given, forcing BT to block the Newzbin2 site, the set precedence alone would make it difficult to retreat from.

Newzbin2 said on the day that BT began its court-ordered block that 90 percent of its members had downloaded a workaround to bypass the restrictions.


Topics: Browser, Telcos

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  • RE: More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

    This is BS it's not the ISP's job to manage websites. Your ISP job should only be to get you online. What if some one hates Facebook and want that site blocked? or let say ZDNET where does this stop?
  • RE: More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

    Question: Couldn't you just web proxy around the block? Or is this something else?
  • Jolly Roger is unstoppable

    Stopping an indexing site for pre/release info is nothing to those that know how to use the sites where content is posted.

    Unless someone plans to shut off the internet it's never going to change.
  • dont censor the internet period

    Greed is the motive which is not worth listening to.
    Don't censor the internet, and to the movie/music companies that listen and are checking ISP data flow that seems to me to be akin to phone hacking
  • RE: More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

    Take down the sites; prosecute the uploaders of the DRM-free files, who are in breach of copyright, not the downloaders.<br><br>Anybody publishing DRM-free media is choosing to make it freely available. It should not be incumbent on the downloader to seek out (and possibly not find) copyright constraints on the use of it.<br><br>Like it or not, the Internet is a public place. Wishing it were otherwise so that you could profit from it does not make it otherwise, and it does not justify attempts to profit from it as if it were otherwise.<br><br>The truth is many IP owners enjoy the viral benefits of a little piracy, treating it as a sprat to catch a mackerel. That is why the uploaders are not pursued, and the ISPs are pursued for download rights, an alternative to the onerous task imposed on them of policing the downloads.<br><br>The profitable result of their strategy is the IP owners will eventually benefit from what is in effect a tax on all users, whether or not their IP is involved. It is as iniquitous as the tax on blank tapes that hit purchasers who wished to tape their own material.
  • On little cats' feet

    When they came for the file-sharing sites, I said nothing for I did not share files.

    We all know how this ends.
    Robert Hahn
  • RE: More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

    I wish just for once the UK would tell the MPAA to pound sand. I realize we have trade agreements and all but a US based org thats sole purpose is to take a large pinch of cash out of every movie sale for itself should not be allowed to threaten UK isp's if they dont automatically fall to their knees for the MPAA.

    Of course anyone who knows how to use Torrents properly knows how to get around any ISP's filtering of the content. The only people that will end up missiong out will be the occasional downloaders who might only want to preview an album before buying or to catch the last 15 minutes of a movie they paid for but who's disc is scratched.
  • Easier solution ...

    For sure shot piracy free environment there is a very simple solution...

    Stop publishing the movie DVDs and BluRay disks. Just exhibit in the cinema houses. All those pirates around the world will then flock to the cinema houses and boost the incomes of the concerned MPAA members through the roof !!!!

    BTW cam copies will still float round the internet but who wants to watch them ?
    • RE: More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

      @pmshah@... Much easier solution:
      Charge less.
      Make Content more Customer friendly.
      Don't treat the customer as a potential threat.
  • RE: More ISPs asked to block access to file-sharing sites

    There are a few questions here that have to be addressed.
    How is it that the movie/music industries are allowed to present their material on these pirate sites, and then use it for bait to catch down loaders. Any court proceedings that come from this type of baiting should be trowed out, and the industries fined heavy for this type of action. They are technically putting there property out on the Internet for free. Where do they get their legality to do so. OH YES stupid me, I forgot all the millions of dollars that they inject into political campaigns all over the world, all the freedom stealing laws that they pay for so the governments impose them. If the industry would get off their butts, and spend the money to do good copyright protection in the first place, none of this would be necessary, but then again, what would all the lawyers do?. The Internet is watched 24 and 7. The U.S. Government knows more about all the email you send, the websites you visit, even the cable TV channels you watch if you have digital cable, than probably you remember sending, doing, or watching. The cat is out of the bag, big government and special interests have lock us away from our rights of freedoms. I agree there are some naughty people out there, but again the masses suffer for the few. Wait a while, watch your Internet providers bill, you will soon see a some type of tax or fee levied to cover all this legal B.S.