More piracy sites face being blocked in the UK

The United Kingdom’s major Internet service providers have been asked to block three more sites which allow users to share and download pirated material.

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The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) act on behalf of right holders throughout the United Kingdom and is asking the ISPs to prevent access to the file-sharing sites Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents. The BPI is taking this action as they are alleging that the sites are illegally distributing music files.

As with a similar court order issued to the ISPs earlier this year pertaining to The Pirate Bay, the ISPs will comply with the demand to block these sites but only if a court order tells them to do so. The UKs biggest ISP, BT has said that it was ‘currently considering’ its options when asked about the latest blocking order. The letter which told of the new block was sent to six ISP’s last week; these ISPs consist of BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk.

It is said that the BPI are hoping that all three of the sites will be blocked before Christmas which will be far quicker than the process of getting a site blocked has previously taken.  A copyright law specialist, Adam Rendle said that it is possible that the blocking of the three sites could be finalised much quicker thanks to previous cases.  He added that “Whether the BPI can do that in time for Christmas is a question of the court’s availability”.

However, such cases have two sides to the story and Jim Killock with the Open Rights Group argues that the consumers’ interests are not being properly represented in these cases. He states that ‘Web blocking is an extreme response’ and that “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.”

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