British ISPs ordered to block 21 pirate sites including BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Torrentz
[Update 30/10/2013 @ 17:45 GMT: IsoHunt.com finds a new home – IsoHunt.to]
British High Court has ordered major UK ISPs including BSkyB, BT, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, Telefonica and Virgin to start blocking 21 new pirate sites including BitSnoop, TorrentDownloads, and mp3skull starting tomorrow.
The court order comes following BPI’s complaint that the filesharing sites are involved in piracy of copyright material produced by members of the British music industry. The latest order marks BPI’s largest ever victory till date taking the total number of blocked site to 25. Last time around, court ordered blockade of Fenopy, H33t, Kickass Torrents, and The Pirate Bay.
The new list includes 9 torrent sites and 12 ‘aggregator’ sites including 337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Monova, TorrentCrazy, Torrentz, BeeMP3, Bomb-Mp3, FileCrop, FilesTube, Mp3lemon, and Rapidlibrary among others.
BPI claims that approach court was the last resort it was left with after it failed to persuade the sites to “cooperate in a meaningful way.”
The latest order follows the seizure of torrent site domains like ExtraTorrent, SumoTorrent, and MisterTorrent. The seizure was forced upon domain registrars through a carefully worded letter by The Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) of the City of London police earlier this month.
In the letter, which didn’t have backing from any court, PIPCU claimed that the domains were involved in “criminal distribution of copyrighted material either directly or indirectly and are liable to prosecution under UK law for the following offences: Conspiracy to Defraud, Offences under the Fraud Act 2006, Copyright, Design & Patents Act 1988.”