UK Courts Order ISPs to Block Pirate Bay

News Article - Tuesday, 01 May 2012 12:40

By: Kerry Butters Category: Connectivity

The high court has ruled that 5 UK ISPs must block customer access to file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. Internet service providers Sky, Everything Everywhere, O2, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have all been ordered to prevent users accessing the site but BT has asked for a few more weeks to "consider their position”.

"Blocking the Pirate Bay is pointless and dangerous. It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic calls for Internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremism,” said Jim Killock of the Open Rights group.

"Internet censorship is growing in scope and becoming easier. Yet it never has the effect desired. It simply turns criminals into heroes."

The Pirate Bay is the second peer-to-peer sharing site to have a court order imposed on ISPs; last year Newzbin 2 was subject to a similar order. However, the site soon worked around the block by developing a stand-alone client so that users could still access content.

The orders have come in for a lot of criticism as it's thought that they are next to useless. Virgin Media issued the same statement as a year ago and said that whilst they will comply with the order, they believe that the answer to copyright infringement is to provide access to high-quality content.

ISPs were originally asked to voluntarily block access to The Pirate Bay in November last year but all of them refused.

The problem seems to lie with the fact that consumers often don't have enough access to good quality streaming services at low prices, especially when it comes to movies.

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