UK: the record companies ask blocking major torrent sites
First they tried with The Pirate Bay and now threaten the rest of torrent sites in the UK. BPI has asked the major ISPs blocking spaces like Kickass Torrents, H33t or Fenopy . Although providers have refused, asking for a court order blocking could force them to comply with the actions of the recording industry.
As many will recall, earlier this year in the UK nine record labels including EMI were, Sony or Warner asked for a court order blocking of The Pirate Bay. The argument was that infringed Copyright and called for major vendors such as TalkTalk, O2 or Virgin Media should implement a lock under section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents in the country.
In late April, a Superior Court ordered the blockade of TPB, a decision that followed similar faults in Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Finland. A “success” that was reached providing for new actions against similar sites in the future.
The BBC has been explained as a means to 6 ISP (BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, TalkTalk EE) received the letter from the BPI where they were asked to block at least three of the major torrent sites in the country : Kickass Torrents, and H33t Fenopy. According to the BIS:
As The Pirate Bay, these websites are profiting illegally sharing music that is not theirs, without permission and without paying a dime to musicians, writers and producers who created it.
The response of the suppliers has been a refusal to lock unless there is a court decision. The reason is that each provider believes that before a case of censorship, must be justified to each of its customers. A method chosen by the BPI that censor heavily from the Pirate Party in the United Kingdom:
It seems that blocking Internet is already a reality in the UK. The BIS has found a way to censor sites they do not like. The excuse is piracy, and do not take into account the legitimate uses of torrent sites, and conveniently forget to mention that you are an important platform for independent musicians. Essentially, it is the classic behavior of monopoly corporate thugs who want to end the competition.
The saddest thing is that you just cut the nose. Last week we had another study showing that users of file sharing networks spend more money on music than non-participants. So this is a new attempt at self-defeating censorship, which will not only be ineffective, but antagonistic to the music lovers and make them even more against the major labels.
According to the BBC account, now just need to know the date you will decide to start the machinery to seek an injunction, probably at Christmas.Tags: BPI, Copyright, Torrents, United Kingdom