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UPD BPI Preparing to Ask Big UK ISPs to Block 25 More Internet Piracy Sites

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 (3:58 pm) - Score 3,243

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.

A similar list of six domains was published by the PPL last year (here), which ultimately resulted in three more internet piracy sites (Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents) being blocked by BT, PlusNet, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband (O2) and EE under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

As before the BPI has requested that PPL poll its members about the sites in order to ensure that nobody has licensed any music to them. “In considering what next steps to take, BPI would like to know if any PPL record company members have, in the UK, licensed their recorded music to the operators of the below websites,” said a message from the BPI (credits to Torrentfreak).

The Targeted 25 BitTorrent/P2P/Cyberlocker/Piracy Sites

It’s worth pointing out that the BPI might not necessarily target all of the sites at the same time, especially since several are quite contentious and could fight back (e.g. Grooveshark). Similarly, of the 6 sites mentioned by the PPL last year, it’s interesting to note that Extratorrent, Demonoid and TorrentReactor were never pursued but they are still included on the latest list.

History suggests that the BPI will first call upon the markets largest ISPs to voluntarily block some or all of the listed websites, which has usually been opposed. After that the music body will most likely seek an injunction to do so through the courts and previous cases have already helped to streamline this process.

The BPI firmly believes that “the growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music without a licence from the copyright holders” and web-blocking has so far been its primary way of fighting back, at least until the Digital Economy Act finally gets going sometime next year (if it ever gets going).

On the other hand several studies have questioned the effectiveness of such blocks and noted that those who actively seek copyright content will always find a way around the skin deep restrictions that ISPs impose. We discussed this last year as part of our in-depth article – How to Keep Your Data Private and Browse the Internet Anonymously.

Meanwhile others believe that the very public efforts to pursue related sites could also end up promoting their existence and thereby fuelling the problem. Unfortunately once people go underground then the scale of this issue quickly becomes very difficult to track.

UPDATE 16th May 2013

Interesting video on this development from eastern news-channel Russia Today.

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14 Responses
  1. Avatar hmm says:

    fail waste of time give proper services and no drm. way things are going the internets going to pointless like a old AM radio station people will wise up and switch off

  2. Avatar Darren says:

    That’s a nice list of new sites to check out and use. A block won’t stop us using them either. Thanks BPI.

  3. Avatar Phil says:

    It pointless really. More fool BPI. There is always other new site to open up. Nothing will ever stop them.

  4. Avatar cyclope says:

    Where will this web blocking nonsense end? Censorship should be banned Keep the internet FREE ,ISP’s and the courts should stop their pandering to the likes of the BPI ect, They assume that copyright infringement is solely responsible for a loss of sales,
    Not down to the fact that we have been and still are in a recession,and buying music isn’t one of life’s necessities for the masses right now, then you could add to that that there is a lot of artistes who’s records wouldn’t sell even if the internet didnt exist, But the chances are they will be getting more exposure than they would do without the internet

    1. Avatar Timeless says:

      in fact what is considered a lost sale? to my knowledge or at least last l heard each track downloaded was considered a lost sale. which means if you download a CD which has 20 tracks that would be considered 20 lost sales.

      on the other hand would said person have bought hypothetical CD anyways? after all what is a lost sale? you have to consider the fact that if it wasnt available online would the person have purchased it? suffice to say like the government the media industry is also pretty well known for massaging stats to suit themselves.. after all one minute we hear their sales have gone up then the next they have gone down due to piracy..

  5. Avatar keith says:

    Utter madness the site filestube for example is actually a search engine which does nothing more than search file hosting sites.

    What next are the idiots going to try and block google?

    1. Avatar Timeless says:

      took the words right out of my mouth.

  6. Avatar Flakey says:

    All this is doing is justifying someones big pay packet at the BPI. Ok BPI repeat after me…THIS ISNT GOING TO WORK, virtually every website they have tried to block is still up and running, just in another guise, e.g pirate bay. Oh well, I suppose it keeps those at the BPI off the dole queue.

  7. Avatar Ignitionnet says:

    The biggest thing killing music, digital and physical copies, in the UK is that most of it is complete and utter excrement that you wouldn’t play to a Guantanamo Bay detainee for fear of breaching their human rights let alone paying money for and voluntarily subjecting yourself to.

    1. Avatar Timeless says:

      tell me bout it, lm still trying to get over the time l was subjected to Justin Bieber full blast by the neighbours.

  8. Avatar Grandma says:

    Here’s an interesting blog post on this subject and why this will not work.


  9. Avatar cyclope says:

    @Timeless: They quite wrongly assume they are loosing sales due to copy right infringements via the WWW, which is based on no hard evidence, Similar to the governments of this country assuming that tobacco and booze purchased in other EU member states is costing uk businesses in profits, and is funding organised crime,blah blah, yeah right, more like they are pissed because they ain’t getting their cut in duty,
    But if that stopped altogether, they still would not make what they assume they should, as people would probably stop smoking and drink less, they governments are really clueless, perhaps there ineptness should be reflected in their salaries, times are hard and we are all in it together, time they took a cut or 3
    @Ignitionnet: spot on there most is dire and at best no more than irritating noise pollution,

    1. Avatar Timeless says:

      to be honest its never been about paying our fair share its always been greed plain and simple.

  10. Avatar DTMark says:

    “the growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music without a licence from the copyright holders”

    From what I can see, the growth of both digital music and video is held back by lack of choice.

    For music, there’s iTunes. There’s also Spotify who take dangerous liberties with their user data and should be avoided like the plague. Plus you now need to have a Facebook account to use it anyway.

    iTunes has most of the current stuff but not all. There’s Juno which is good for dance music even though the site is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Buying online isn’t all that easy. And even when you get the wretched files they don’t always all work together (e.g. play on all devices).

    For video there’s not that much there either although a few new things seem to be popping up. We’ve exhausted all the stuff we wanted to watch on Netflix already as most of it is rubbish.

    I’d rather the industry actually got off it’s **** and provided in some fashion and could then legitimately make the statement as per the opening para.

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