BPI Wants More BitTorrent Sites Blocked in UK
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The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is making efforts to force all six major ISPs in the UK block three more filesharing websites which, it claims, are harming the industry considerably
The three torrent sites targeted by the BPI are Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents. According to BPI Director of Communications, Adam Liversage, the music industry’s ally is seeking orders court orders requiring the major U.K. ISPs – BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, Everything Everywhere and TalkTalk to prevent their customers from accessing the aforementioned filesharing websites.
Back in April last year, BPI was successful in obtaining a favorable decision by the British High Court ordering U.K. ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay. Now, the trade group is pushing for more.
The Open Rights Group was prompt to comment the BPI’s hunting announcement:
Website blocking is an extreme response. There are growing fears this precedent will make it too easy and quick to block sites. Time needs to be taken to consider the legitimate use of the sites.
There needs to be a more specific and adequate definition of the precise URL or IP address to be blocked to prevent mistakes.
Once a site is blocked, its alleged clone sites can also be blocked, but in this case, BPI will be able to practice this without a court order. The decisions would be made between BPI and ISPs and will not be published.
The blocking of these sites does not come with an expiry date. This indefinite blocking is potentially problematic if the number of sites blocked keep growing, leaving a large number of sites hidden from the public.
These court hearings between a judge, ISPs and right holders do not sufficiently represent the needs of the user as their voice is not included during the hearing.
The ORG will not intervene in this particular case, but says it is likely to do so in the future due to the lack of user rights being represented.