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UK High Court Forces Big ISPs to Block 53 New Internet Piracy Websites

Friday, November 28th, 2014 (8:07 am) - Score 72,677

Section 97A of the United Kingdom’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) has come in handy again after Rights Holders won one of their most significant victories to date, securing a court order that forces all of the country’s largest broadband ISPs to block 53 websites that were found to facilitate Internet copyright infringement (piracy).

Apparently 32 of the blocks came as a result of requests by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), which managed to get several lists tackled at the same time and thus save money in the process (the cost of blocking a site via court order). As usual the ISPs, including BT, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, EE and strangely O2 but not Vodafone, were first given a voluntary option to block the sites but refused.

The move comes only a month after an identical court order was secured against 21 similar sites (here), which the big ISPs have only very recently implemented (see Sky’s blocklist). Typically it can take between two weeks and a month for ISPs to implement the blocks, although curiously some of the sites (e.g. IP Torrents and Torrent Day) were blocked by BT for a period earlier this week and before the court order had been revealed.

Chris Marcich, President and MD of the MPA, said:

Securing court orders requiring ISPs to block access to illegal websites is an accepted and legitimate measure to tackle online copyright infringement. It carefully targets sites whose sole purpose is to make money off the back of other people’s content while paying nothing back into the legitimate economy.”

A further 21 sites were also blocked as a result of a court ordered injunction process that was started by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), although unfortunately we don’t yet have the full list of those.

The 32 MPA Blocked Sites

Stream TV
Warez BB
Ice Films
Scene Source
Rapid Moviez
Los Movies
IP Torrents
Torrent Day
Tor Movies
Rar BG

As per the aforementioned link, blocking like this doesn’t come cheap and so it’s interesting to note that a group of music bodies including UK Music, the Musicians’ Union and The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) have recently reignited old calls for consumers to pay a new tax on copying.

The tax idea stems from the Government’s earlier decision to legalize copying for personal use, which the industry isn’t especially happy about and has even started the process of calling for a Judicial Review of the decision. In short, Rights Holders want a tax to be applied to any blank media (e.g. CDS, hard drives, USB memory sticks etc.) that is capable of recording and this would then come back to them and nobody else, which might seem absurd but other EU countries have already done something similar.

Separately Rights Holders have previously proposed more radical ideas, such as forcing all broadband ISP customers to pay a tax of around £1+ per month on their Internet connections in return for the industry being more lenient towards online copyright infringement. But such ideas have rarely held much water, not least since law abiding citizens would be unhappy to be charged a fee in order to cover any perceived damage by pirates.

In the meantime the new blocks aren’t likely to cripple the related sites and indeed they may even help to advertise their existence. Meanwhile those who engage in Internet Piracy will easily be able to circumvent the restrictions by using all sorts of different approaches, such as DNS changes, Proxy Servers or Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections.

PS – Many more blocks are on the way.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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45 Responses
  1. Graeme says:

    Or using https:// for a few of the blocked sites if not all

  2. John says:

    Some sites i’ve not heard of there. Thank you Opera and turbo mode 😉

    1. tim says:

      worked for me too

  3. hmm says:


  4. david says:

    Another waste of time what a bunch of no brainers LOL Fail Yet Again

  5. dragoneast says:

    The lawyers win again. There’s no such thing as bad business.

  6. Greg says:

    They never learn do they?

  7. amanda raymond says:

    Some of these sites are tv shows only and a lot of people like to watch the shows same time as US not 6 months later when big spoilers will be all over the internet

  8. timeless says:

    isohunt? thought that closed down.

  9. zemadeiran says:


    The only issue is ALL the guy’s out there running reverse public proxies via MANY domain names which allow easy unblocked access to tpb et all….

  10. help says:

    How do I get around this? How do I still access Vodly and Letmewatchthis etc.

    Is there a proxy or something?

    1. bellend66 says:

      Just change your IP Address I use a free download which allows you to chage your IP Address its called “anonymoX”. This works a treat…………..

  11. 5:10 Man says:

    Well erm… TOR Network works a treat

  12. terri says:

    lol Blah Blah Blah !!! they never learn enjoy wasting your time you idiots .

  13. Dr Flopz says:

    Hola unblocker anyone? When are the government and the media corporations going to realize this does nothing? Any blocks in place can be easily gotten round, and unless they make VPN to a location outside your home country illegal, they’re never going to stop this until they change their business model and make countries broadcast shows etc. as near to the original US air date as possible.

  14. Bill says:

    glad we are a small ISP then 🙂 , i must admit i hadn’t heard of a lot of these sites..

    1. frank says:

      what ISP are you with ?? im thinking of getting a second one other than virgin media so i can still access the websites

  15. ed says:

    Thanks for the list of recommendations.

  16. Again? Seriously? says:

    The fact that these people spend more time in dealing with blocking websites than focus on actual issues in the UK speaks volume about the government. Here’s the thing, if the alternatives were better we wouldn’t have to resolve to using these sites. Let’s talk about American drama shows. In the UK, they are either constantly rescheduled around, dropped, or fucking months behind.
    How about you make the alternatives better, i.e. actually air the show very closely to the original or post the new episode an hour or a day after. Otherwise, go change some real shit, you utterly useless, spoilt little children who aren’t content with their millions already, and leave the rest of us who have to exert ourselves making a living before coming home to relax to a new episode of their favourite shows.

    P.S. Thank you for that list of recommendations. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to find proxies for them.

    1. n taylor says:

      its about time they stopped child porn on the internet stopping or banning your isp whf is tht about . well its about money . suppose none of these divs have been cinema lately £23 for 2 tickets plus popcorn ends up £40 . i watch icefilms i pay tv licence i pay virgin i go cinema wht more do you want . greed .

      easy anyway go setting s on ice film change url to it works

  17. sImon says:

    What can you do to make torrent downloads work, if the ISP have stopped utorrent working?

    1. Vanny says:

      I have the exact same problem! Really hope someone more helpful then me replies 🙁

    2. mike says:

      Try a different torrent client like ones from this page – http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-bittorrent-client.htm

      If that doesn’t work then you can try running a free VPN and see if that works. I’d have thought though that if you can at least get the torrent link then it will download it anyway as the torrent is coming from many different people around the world and is what torrent is based around. If it’s just not being able to get the torrent link then a free VPN like Hotspot shield will let you bypass any blocks that may be in place so that you can view the site, download the torrent links or whatever and then your torrent client should work as normal (make sure to turn off Hotspot shield once you’ve got your links ‘cos last time I used it it wouldn’t download until i’d disconnected!)

      Hope it helps

  18. TheAnswer says:

    The answer to all of this is very simple, on mass or as large as you can get, block all adverts to everyone. Do you know how much money that would cost them, Peace.

  19. Che says:

    If the government put this much effort into fixing our economy we’d be in a lot better shape. Sadly it seems as though internet censorships and copyright infringement is their biggest priority. What they don’t realise is that they’re actually educating us on how to find or develop better workarounds to the blocks they put in place. Idiots.

    1. fruit loop says:

      It’s not the government bringing the action. It’s the film studios club.

  20. fruit loop says:

    Just use google translate as a proxy. Set to translate Greek to English then load up the URL of your favourite torrent site. Bingo, 3 years of litigation and 6 million quid circumvented in 3 seconds.

  21. Sarisha says:

    I watched something on watchseries yesterday and was going to watch the next episode today! This is ludicrous and I feel that blocking these websites was unnecessary.

  22. Nathan says:

    More Freedoms lost!!!!!!!!

  23. DKN says:

    Damn!…Was only using iwatchonline to stream The Walking Dead, I was a late starter and only started to watch it a month ago, got to Season 4 ep 4 and the site gets blocked…BUT as others who’ve commented have said there are ALWAYS ways around the block and there are hundreds if not thousands of streaming sites still around…Happy Hunting!

  24. Dodgy Critic says:

    High court issuing gag orders… It happened many times in history, though mainly for political reasons. Now money define politics more than ever. Internet is a kinda crowd-driven phenomenon and as such represents a serious threat to the powers that be. I’d say ban it completely! Get the crowd back under control. Show them who’s in charge.

  25. burtwonderstuff says:

    if using firefox, install Hola

    and then use to reach your required site, easy peasy…

  26. Stevie says:

    So the sites hosting/storing actual files are not blocked…yeah makes sense.

  27. KM says:

    It should be the host country going through their own court systems to get the sites taken down, not force other countries to block them.

    Not a fan of this blanket internet censorship!

    Oh and studios/tv channels badly need to drag their rights issues into 2014.

  28. Terence Fenn says:

    I’m very glad that I stumbled across this page and the link to Sky’s blocked blocklist. I now have a comprehensive list of streaming sites whereas I was hitherto only aware of a handful.

    Thank you MPA. As my broadband is connected via AAISP I’m never going to be affected by your pathetic blocking orders and your short-sighted approach has only served to provide free advertising for your supposed targets.

  29. Yeah right .. Name says:

    Thank you! Thank you bellend66! AnonymoX has completely solved the issue. Downloaded from google store in a few seconds. Now actively running on chrome as a plug in through an american IP address, been able to access sites I’ve not seen in months.

  30. Alan Michthearsis says:

    Tor Browser bundle, allows access to any sites every time and new identity every click.

  31. Danish company says:

    Virgin Media and BT are in breach of EU commercial laws by obstructing legal businesses from outside of Britain. They block access to EU company websites from their customers which are neither adult nor illegal content, not even under British laws.

    Just wait until they block YOUR business.

    Have a good legal expenses insurance at hand.

    1. notjustany1me says:

      If the question is one of copyright,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Economy_Act_2010 is the law that was passed here you would need to challenge.

      or its extensions here:http://www.legislation.gov.uk/all?title=Digital%20Economy%20Act

  32. Chris says:

    By banning these website they are promoting them. There are some on the list that iv not used before. Thanks MPA FOR THE LIST. YOU MUGS

    1. notjustany1me says:

      *torrents a terrible danny dyer gangster program episode*

  33. Obstruction of business says:

    Not an isolated case: A self-employed audio engineer outside of Britain but within the EU cannot offer his services in Britain because – guess who – BT-Light and VirginMedia have blocked his business website.

    The website and the services offered are perfectly legitimate even in Britain and its censored content topics.

    What else is this if not protectionism?

    Hey, British ISPs, this is ILLEGAL!

  34. Callum says:

    I can’t believe how idiotic most of you are – especially funny as you’re calling others idiots…

    This is NOT being done to stop prolific pirates – nothing will ever stop them. It’s to reduce casual piracy. I don’t know any official figures, but anecdotally, I personally know at least 8 people who have stopped pirating movies because they find it too much of a hassle now. These are the people being targeted in these law suits. I don’t know if you’re genuinely that arrogant that you think you know better than experts, but they wouldn’t be spending millions of pounds on action like this if it did nothing…

  35. Help says:

    Wares Bb stopped working for me yesterday Anyone know why? Since it got banned by Virgin media I’ve been using the hola plugin for chrome and it’s been working great until yesterday. I’ve using a few different proxy sites that I know that work as I used them a couple of days ago, but nothing is working for me to access the website, help!

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