Wednesday, October 24, 2012

U.K. Music Industry Body Pushes to Block File-Sharing Sites

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Industry trade body the British Phonographic Industry has written to the U.K.’s leading Internet service providers (ISPs) asking them to prevent access to three file sharing websites: Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents, reports the BBC..

The move follows the blocking of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay in April following a lengthy court action.

The letter, which was not intended to go public, was sent to six ISPs last week, namely BT, Sky Virgin Media VMED -2.04%, O2, EE and TalkTalk.

It is understood that the BPI is hoping all three sites will be blocked before Christmas—far more quickly than the process has taken previously.

There were months of legal wrangling before the U.K. ISPs agreed to take action to block subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay.

With this latest request, the BPI is looking to avoid such a lengthy process. However, none of the ISPs said they were prepared to block the sites voluntarily, and would only do so if forced by the courts.

Meanwhile, the debate continues as to how successful the action against The Pirate Bay has been. The BBC says that alternative means of accessing the site were set up withing days it being blocked.

One ISP, which did not want to be named, revealed that despite an initial dip, illegal download traffic on its network recovered quickly within just a week of the Pirate Bay block.

However, the BPI defended the action, saying that the block had a significant effect on the amount of traffic visiting the Pirate Bay site.

This claim is backed up by Nielsen which told the BBC that since the April court order The Pirate Bay has lost three quarters of its visitors.


  1. This is why internet radio and streaming services such as spotify are taking off. The music industry and record labels are receiving more than ever now, and people dont mind paying the small fees that services like spotify are charging. Thanks for the post.