Massive FileSharing Shutdowns Plotted By Music Labels
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After UK’s largest ISPs blocked ThePirateBay, record labels of the BPI are planning to target some of the largest torrent websites, including Demonoid, ExtraTorrent, H33T and TorrentReactor.
After the island regulator (OFCOM) published the Initial Obligations Code (IOC) for the Digital Economy Act, the government stated that it would remove two arguable sections from the legislation.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport will remove sections 17 and 18 within the DEA, both underlining that websites which provide copyrighted data are to be blocked by ISPs.
In fact, the DCMS realized that both sections are not needed since infringing websites can be blocked with the existing legislation. The perfect example is Newzbin2, a Usenet indexing website which was already blocked by Britain’s internet providers.
According to a letter sent by music licensing group PPL to its members, not only TPB is under their scope, but also “..other similar BitTorrent sites exist which provide facilities via which internet users can illegally download recorded music from, and illegally make it available to, other internet users.”
Among them we find Extratorrent, Demonoid, Kickass Torrents (Kat.ph), H33T, Torrent Reactor and Fenopy.
Also, the PPL advised that websites which provide legal content should contact BPI’s legal team by next Tuesday.