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U.K. ISPs forced to block The Pirate Bay access; blocks bypassed in minutes
After a lengthy legal battle, the largest Internet providers in the U.K. blocked The Pirate Bay after the Magnet-link and torrent sharing Web site was found to have facilitated copyright infringement. The ISPs reluctantly imposed server-side blocks to prevent users from accessing the site. All in all, more than 95 percent of U.K. broadband subscribers were blocked from accessing the site.
But, there was a problem. Proxy sites and bypass sites were set up almost immediately and users could, within minutes of the final block by British Telecom (BT) -- which has more than six million customers -- bypass the blocks and access their torrent-sharing site once again. Was this illegal? No, because the Internet providers did what the court said, but the court did not say Internet users were barred from bypassing the blocks.