Court Blocks File-Sharing Websites

Court Blocks File-Sharing Websites

UK’s biggest Internet service providers must block sites to stop illegal downloading

The High Court has ordered BT, Sky and Virgin Media to block three more file-sharing websites in order to try and stop illegal downloading.

The UK’s biggest internet providers must stop users from accessing the following file-sharing sites: Fenopy, h33t and Kickass Torrents. Copyright holders are becoming increasingly aggressive in their attempts to shut down the file-sharing websites.

Online freedom campaigners said the blocks are “an extreme response” to illegal downloading.
Previously the High Court has ordered The Pirate Bay and Newzbin2 which were major players in file-sharing to be blocked. However the impact of this is questionable. Figures from then British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which brought the blocking cases to High Court, shows illegal downloading is still popular.
In the first half of 2012, 345 million music tracks were illegally downloaded through file-sharing service Bit Torrent.

By comparison, combined sales from places like iTunes, Amazon etc.… for the same period totaled 329 million. The BPI admitted the number of illegal downloads would be higher if other websites and services were taken in to account.

Court-ordered blocks on file-sharing sites have been shown to be ineffective. Several websites make it possible to dodge the blocks by using a proxy, which allows users to surf the web anonymously.

Do you think blocking file-sharing sites will work to stop illegal downloading?


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