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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.


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.


29th October, 2013 - 11:04 am (31 Comments)

A leaked report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has revealed a raft of new Internet piracy facilitating websites that are to be blocked by six of the United Kingdom’s largest broadband ISPs, most of which could be censored as early as tomorrow (30th October 2013).

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10th September, 2013 - 12:56 pm (0 Comments)

A new research paper has warned that the UK’s controversial anti-piracy tackling Digital Economy Act (DEAct), which aims to slash Internet piracy by adopting a “three-strikes” style graduated response system of warning letters and punishment for repeat offenders (e.g. suspension of your broadband service), will not succeed in reducing copyright infringement.

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10th August, 2013 - 8:33 am (11 Comments)

Some Sky Broadband users were this week left frustrated after the ISP began sporadically blocking TorrentFreak, a well-recognised news source for the BitTorrent and P2P community. But the cause appears to have been a deliberate manipulation by one of the websites that Sky is required to block, which has highlighted the danger of overblocking.

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10th July, 2013 - 8:36 am (2 Comments)

France has scrapped its expensive and highly controversial anti-piracy Hadopi law, which threatened to disconnect internet users that continued to infringe copyright after warnings. But it has been replaced with a series of automatic fines. Could this also be the future of the UK’s much troubled Digital Economy Act (DEAct)?

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3rd June, 2013 - 2:59 pm (13 Comments)

Sky Broadband (BSkyB) appears to have become the first major UK ISP to extend its court ordered censorship of specific websites that facilitate internet piracy (e.g. The Pirate Bay) to include a wide range of proxy servers, which allows users to bypass such blocks without needing to use a VPN or other solution.

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28th May, 2013 - 1:47 pm (3 Comments)

The government’s plan to discourage online copyright infringement in the UK by forcing broadband ISPs to issue warning Notification Letters to customers whom are suspected of engaging in internet piracy, a process that is due to get underway in H1-2014, could be less effective than hoped.

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15th May, 2013 - 3:58 pm (14 Comments)

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) appears to be preparing for another run of court orders after music licensing firm PPL revealed a new list of 25 website domains, which are all accused of facilitating copyright infringement (internet piracy), that the UK music body would like broadband ISPs to block.

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1st March, 2013 - 9:19 am (0 Comments)

Analyst firm Musicmetric has published new data to show that court ordered website blocks (censorship) imposed by broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom against internet piracy websites (e.g. The Pirate Bay) have had “little impact” on “illegal” BitTorrent based file sharing (P2P) activity.

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16th November, 2012 - 9:07 am (2 Comments)

The Open Rights Group (ORG) has applied for permission to intervene in a court case between Golden Eye International, which holds the copyrights for various adult films (Ben Dover), and O2 UK. The move could potentially help to stop up to 6,000 of the ISPs customers receiving dubious internet piracy claim letters.

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15th October, 2012 - 9:01 am (2 Comments)

It took longer than most but O2 (BE Broadband) has now finally implemented a network-wide block (censorship) that prevents its customers from accessing the NewzBin2 (NewzBin) website, which London’s High Court last year deemed to be responsible for facilitating internet piracy (copyright infringement).

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1st October, 2012 - 1:29 pm (0 Comments)

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has today introduced a new small claims track to the Patents County Court (PCC) that should make it easier for UK internet users to defend themselves against dubious claims of file sharing piracy. Rights Holders will also find the process a lot cheaper.

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17th September, 2012 - 9:46 am (3 Comments)

Musicmetric has released its first Digital Music Index (DMI), which used 18 million observations of P2P activity on BitTorrent file sharing networks to identify that the majority of albums listed are not legal (internet piracy). It also found that people in Manchester (UK) were the biggest downloaders of “illegal” music and that attempts by ISPs to block piracy websites haven’t worked.

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