The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is asking major UK ISPs to prevent internet users from accessing BitTorrent websites Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents
The ISPs that have received letters with the demand are BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk and they have agreed with the anti-piracy measure but only as long as a new court order is passed.
Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group pointed out that going against illegal file-sharing this way is far from being a beneficial strategy to the issue of piracy.
“The orders are often indefinite and open ended, and will be blocking legitimate uses. The BPI and the courts need to slow down and be very careful about this approach,” he commented.
“As an approach, censorship is a bad idea. It leads to more censorship, and is unlikely to solve the problem it seeks to address.
Killock also emphasized the flourishing of the digital music field due to its efforts towards innovation: “this is a much more effective approach than copyright crackdowns.”
In a recent post we wrote about the results of a study conducted by the IFPI (representing the global recording industry), which have made piracy sure look a lot less menacing than it had been portrayed by the industry showing that digital album sales in the UK have actually went up by 27 percent in the past year.