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BPI requests more ‘piracy’ blocks

ISPs wait for court orders
Tue Oct 23 2012, 09:25
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SIX INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPs) in the UK have been asked to block access to music download websites, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

"Like The Pirate Bay, these websites are profiting illegally from distributing music that isn't theirs, without permission and without paying a penny to the musicians, writers and producers who created it. It is plain wrong," said a BPI spokesperson.

"The existence of these sites damages the growth of Britain's burgeoning digital music sector. We have therefore asked Britain's six biggest ISPs to block access to the sites."

We have been here before with The Pirate Bay. Then the BPI requested that the website be blocked and each ISP told us that it would do that, but only once it had a court order. Each got one, and each blocked the website.

This is where we are again. According to the BBC which was first party to the letter, BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and Talktalk have all been asked to block access to Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents but have not leapt at the opportunity.

The BPI said that if they do not so do voluntarily then it will apply for a court order. We've asked the ISPs for comment.

O2 has confirmed the BPI approach, and its stance. "We confirm that we have received correspondence from the BPI and are currently considering our position," said a spokesperson. "We do not currently block access to any website without a Court Order requiring us to do so."

This was mirrored at Talktalk where a spokesperson told is that it "will only block websites when ordered to do so by a court". It added, "If the BPI gets a court order we will, of course, comply with the law."

BT confirmed the BPI request, adding that it is "considering our options." µ

 

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