21 new torrent sites added to UK banned list

21 new torrent sites added to UK banned list

Summary: Following a court order, UK ISPs must now block customers' access to a total of 25 torrent sites and aggregators.

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Twenty-one extra torrent sites and aggregators are now being blocked in the UK.

Music industry group BPI obtained a High Court order earlier this month, which stipulated that UK ISPs must block their customers' access to the 21 sites, with the ban coming into force from today.

"Music companies are working hard to build a thriving digital music sector in the UK, offering fans great convenience, choice and value, but these efforts are undermined by illegal sites which rip off artists and contribute nothing to Britain’s vibrant music scene. We asked the sites to stop infringing copyright, but unfortunately they did not and we were left with little choice but to apply to the court, where the judge considered the evidence and declared that ISPs should not serve access to them," Geoff Taylor, CEO of BPI, said in a statement.

BPI obtained similar banning orders for four torrent sites — The Pirate Bay, Kat, H33t, and Fenopy — earlier this year, but many users were able to circumvent the block without too much trouble.

According to the BPI, the block has led to a "significant reduction" in use of the sites, though the organisation did not provide any details of how it had decreased.

As of today, the 25 sites blocked in the UK are:

  1. The Pirate Bay
  2. Kat
  3. H33t
  4. Fenopy
  5. 1337x
  6. BitSnoop
  7. ExtraTorrent
  8.  Monova
  9. TorrentCrazy
  10.  TorrentDownloads
  11. torrentHound
  12. Torrentreactor
  13.  Torrentz
  14. Abmp3
  15. BeeMP3
  16. Bomb-Mp3
  17. eMp3World
  18. FileCrop
  19. FilesTube
  20. Mp3Juices
  21. Mp3lemon
  22. Mp3Raid
  23. mp3skull
  24. NewAlbumReleases
  25. Rapidlibrary

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Topics: Piracy, Legal, Telcos, EU, United Kingdom

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  • Thank you Jo!

    Thank you Jo for listing all the websites i must visit when i get home today!
    Steven YM Lee
  • Geoff Taylor has no idea what he's talking about.

    "Music companies are working hard to build a thriving digital music sector in the UK"

    Nope. They're working hard to build a PROFITABLE digital music sector. There is a difference.

    "offering fans great convenience, choice and value"

    Hahahaha. Nope.

    "but these efforts are undermined by illegal sites which rip off artists"

    Not significantly, I would love to see some figures and statistics on this. Not made-up ones, either- anyone can claim they lost a billion pounds to piracy, but once we assume that people who pirate an album might not have bought it anyway, alongside the fact that some people who pirate albums still DO buy them, I believe it's impossible to really make any kind of true judgement as to whether piracy "rips off" artists or actually offers them more exposure.
    Besides a lot of concert-goers are people who pirated music rather than buying albums. They pirate the music and then they pay money to see the band live. Piracy hurts the middlemen more than the artists.

    "and contribute nothing to Britain’s vibrant music scene."

    And this is a flat-out lie spoken by someone who has zero understanding of the internet.
    The exposure alone that a small startup band gets through piracy (and general distribution of their music) is an enormous contribution in and of itself.

    In closing, piracy is not a threat to artists. Not on any significant level.
    It's a threat to stubborn and increasingly-irrelevant middlemen who instead of adapting their business model to the changing world, try to force the world around them to adapt to their archaic business model.
    Seabutcher
  • Yet more freedom taken away from the online consumer....

    It is a common misconception that torrent sites are only used for breaching copyright.

    This is wildly inaccurate. Torrents are also widely used for legal purposes.
    5735guy
    • True dat

      I need torrent to download Ubuntu, which is way faster than regular download.
      JOB83
  • torrent sites

    May seem overlooked but i'm sure a lot of people downloading from torrent sites couldn't afford to purchase the music they're downloading. In actuality it's a case of fu music industry for consistently hiking prices throughout the 90's and paying so little of those revenues to the artists who were effectively paying your wages. What goes around comes around.
    Sheikh Yerbouti
  • Its a joke

    The judiciary are all intellectuals, ok not IT experts but surely they are aware by now that blocking cannot work. Even if they blocked ALL torrent sites and no new ones popped up, all a user has to do is access a VPN and bingo, there're all available again!

    The record companies forget the Napster trial... there one of the RIAAs musician witnesses admitted under oath that his bands sales had increased along with illegal downloads. Like Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails realises, illegal and other free downloads are good for his business. he advocated the stealing of his music, then gave 2 albums away on his own site. He also commented that one of these made him more money in a week than his last album had in total.

    ISPs need to point out in court that blocking can only stop traffic that the ISP can see, so anything in VPN cannot be monitored as to its final destination... especially if encrypted.

    The situation is a joke, it's costing the record companies more than it's worth to them, and access to each site they block increases on the back of the publicity.

    I tried the theory... signed up to a vpn, conneced and was on thepirate bay within 5 minutes. The reconnection is now a matter of seconds. Sure, the VPN blocks torrent data, but it doesn't block the torrent sites... so when i disconnect and my ip goes back to a uk one, bit torrent starts downloading them as it picked up the mag links. One would assume the government and the record companies wouldn't dare attempt to block VPN as this would cause war with most multinational corporations.

    So, the actions of the courts, the government and record companies are simply advertising torrent sites... clever!
    Chandler Ford