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27th March, 2014 - 12:02 pm (8 Comments)

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has today ruled that Internet Service Providers (ISP) across the EU can now be ordered to block their customers from being able to access a copyright-infringing website (e.g. The Pirate Bay). But national courts will still have the final say.


24th March, 2014 - 8:09 am (12 Comments)

The annual Digital Music Report 2014 from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has claimed that the website blocking measures implemented by ISPs have become a “widely-accepted and effective way of curbing piracy online“, especially in Europe and the UK where BitTorrent (P2P) file sharing traffic is said to have fallen.


20th March, 2014 - 1:53 pm (4 Comments)

The Government’s Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey, has told a recent Westminster Hall debate that their efforts to introduce a controversial Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP) of Internet piracy warning letters, which would hit customers of the UKs largest broadband ISPs, “may be up and running before the end of the year“.


11th March, 2014 - 9:53 am (26 Comments)

A group of Hollywood movie studios have successfully won a case in London’s High Court that will require all of the country’s major broadband ISPs to block their customers from accessing the following websites – Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie. All were found to be facilitating Internet copyright infringement (piracy).


13th February, 2014 - 4:43 pm (2 Comments)

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that providing a link (hyperlinks) between one Internet website and another does not equate to copyright infringement, which is a victory for common sense. Indeed any ruling in the opposite direction would have been almost unworkable to enforce. But there is a caveat in the ruling.


24th January, 2014 - 10:35 am (17 Comments)

A debate on the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Bill has caused controversy after several MPs and the Prime Minister’s own Intellectual Property Advisor, Mike Weatherley (Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade), backed calls for persistent pirates to lose their “Internet rights” and suffer “some sort of custodial sentence“.


22nd January, 2014 - 2:16 pm (7 Comments)

It’s arguably the least surprising development of the year. Broadband ISP PlusNet has confirmed that it intends to follow BT’s example (parent company) and launch their own network-level Internet filter to block (censorship) adult and piracy websites, which will most likely replace its bundled McAfee security solution.


2nd January, 2014 - 1:26 pm (6 Comments)

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has released its annual summary of digital music sales for 2013, which appears to shun the industry’s fear of Internet piracy from broadband ISP customers to report yet another strong year of growth in music downloads and online streaming.


28th December, 2013 - 11:23 am (17 Comments)

The UK Prime Minister’s new Intellectual Property Advisor, Mike Weatherley (Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade), has threatened fresh legislation against broadband ISPs that “knowingly facilitate illegal downloading practices” and do not take steps to stop it. But it’s unclear what could be changed that hasn’t already been tried.


17th December, 2013 - 8:24 am (4 Comments)

The approach of attempting to restrict access to Internet piracy websites by employing dumb DNS or IP based blocks (censorship) claimed another victim over the weekend after customers of Sky Broadband (BSkyB) found that they could no longer access online image sharing website imgur.com, which had been wrongfully blocked by the ISP.


29th November, 2013 - 10:32 am (9 Comments)

BT and Universal Music haven’t given up on their long held plans to launch an Internet-based music streaming service and indeed one is about to be introduced, albeit at a cost of £3 extra per month (FREE to their TV Unlimited customers).


27th November, 2013 - 8:04 am (10 Comments)

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) could soon require all Internet Service Providers (ISP) across the EU to block their customers from being able to view websites that have been found to infringe copyright (piracy), which follows a new opinion from the courts Advocate General (Pedro Cruz Villalón).


22nd November, 2013 - 7:47 am (28 Comments)

Major Internet providers in the United Kingdom have this week started to block (censor) access to another five online TV and Movie streaming websites including Yify-Torrents, Project-Free TV, Primewire, Vodly and Watchfreemovies.


13th November, 2013 - 2:51 pm (9 Comments)

The EMEA division of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) has successfully won fresh court orders from the High Court in London that will require all of the United Kingdom’s six biggest broadband ISPs to block their customers from accessing the SolarMovie and Tubeplus websites over “illegal” Internet streaming content.

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