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UPDATE Court Forces Big UK ISPs to Block EZTV and Yify-Torrents Websites

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 (1:17 pm) - Score 7,619

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) have won yet another court case that will force all of the country’s largest broadband ISPs to block their customers from accessing EZTV and Yify-Torrents, which were both found to be facilitating internet copyright infringement (piracy).

Last month several ISPs quietly confirmed to us that Rights Holders were looking to block the two websites (here). As per usual the MPA and FACT then moved to seek an injunction (court order) under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. Suffice to say that there were no objections by the court, which last week granted the request.

A FACT Spokesman said (TorrentFreak):

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and FACT wrote to EZTV last month asking it to stop infringing creative content. This site provides access to copyrighted material on a large-scale with no permission from the copyright owners.

No response was received, so further action has been taken against EZTV through the courts.”

News like this is now becoming so common that it’s practically routine, although this often ignores the fact that such blocks remain incredibly easy to circumvent and their effectiveness is still in doubt. Never the less many more websites (examples) are likely to follow and so we can expect to see more of the same going forward.

ISPs like Sky Broadband, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media usually implement the block within a couple of weeks from receipt of a court order.

UPDATE 26th July 2013

As expected the ISPs, starting with Virgin Media, have now begun to introduce the block.

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Mark Jackson
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12 Responses
  1. Avatar DanielM says:

    are the judges just soo stupid? or are they paid by these companies. it would almost seem are whole legal system is corrupt. on top of that the judges aint inteligent where it comes to a site matter. these sites break no laws. they are simply search engines.

    1. Avatar Bob says:

      As far as I am aware it is not illegal. A court case declared that there could be no restrictions on watching legal TV programs anywhere in Europe. It may though be dependent on the exact circumstances ie if you need a licence to watch them in that country you would need to hold a licence

  2. Avatar snipit says:

    I like to think this is more about educating the masses in the sense of getting the message out that copyright theft is illegal. It became all to easy on www, it still is really. Though I reckon if www disappeared tomorrow, the executives of effected companies would not see the increase in sales they think they missing out on.

  3. Avatar cyclope says:

    @snipit, I like to think this is more about educating the masses in the sense of “getting the message out that copyright theft is illegal” Who’s message is that? the Daily fail acta sopa BPI or one of ther other organisations that will distort fact and fiction, What you refere to is copyright infringement as no actual theft has taken place the works or whatever have been shared and not stolen a copy was made of a copy . and this is not a crime or criminal act, It’s those who make a living selling it who commit a criminal act, mainly because they are selling something and government isnt getting it’s cut , plus government looks after it’s corrupt buddies in corpoate media

  4. Avatar snipit says:

    Dear cyclope,

    Not here for troll la la discussion there are forums for such blurred lines, needless to say really however as you like a quote here is the rest of my text “Though I reckon if www disappeared tomorrow, the executives of effected companies would not see the increase in sales they think they missing out on”. I will add www is going to be alot more monitored and restricted, though that was last weeks news.

  5. Avatar timeless says:

    even before l heard the news about the block l heard through various sources that they already have two or three proxy sites to access from alternate locations.

  6. Avatar Four_Eyes says:


  7. Avatar GraphiX says:

    IF your on virgin/BT or any other UK ISP call them up and complain you need to pay 6 pounds for a VPN service per month tell them you want 6 pounds off your internet bill as this covers the cost of the VPN else your leaving to plusnet who doesn’t block websites.

    i just got £8.50 per month of my bill and every monthly bill.
    they are getting that many calls now from people who’s not happy.

    This is exactly whats going to happen now customers are paying for super fast broadband and having nothing to use it on.

    Soon it’s going to be pointless having 100mbit or even 60mbit connections in the UK since there’s sod all we can use it with now.

    Well just thought i’d help you out i’m now a little happier

  8. Avatar Johno says:

    Just tried EZTV on BT and is now blocked.
    2 seconds later I fired up my VPN all is normal lol!
    Completely useless trying to block sites.
    Gotta love how decentralized the internet is!!!

  9. Avatar PeterJay says:

    Website blocking is like trying to stop a speeding train with a sheet of paper.
    Simply join any of the free VPNs and continue where you left off. Try Cyberghost or Hide My Ass. Both are recommended by top UK Computer mags.

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