UK INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS (ISPs) BT, O2, Virgin Media and Be There broadband will start blocking three of the largest torrent websites today.
Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy will be censored following a High Court order handed down earlier this year, a decision that has been welcomed by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) music cartel.
Kickass Torrents is listed among the 50 most visited websites in the UK, while H33T and Fenopy also have huge followings and are used by hundreds upon thousands of people in the UK every day.
The last website to be banned under a similar ruling was The Pirate Bay, when nine major record labels led by the BPI asked several of the UK's leading ISPs to censor the popular Bittorrent tracking website. Permission was granted by the UK courts and the website was blocked in April 2012.
In October 2012, the labels were back for more, demanding that BT, EE, O2, Sky, Talktalk and Virgin Media ban user access to Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.
None of the UK ISPs did so voluntarily without a court order, but they weren't willing to dispute the BPI's demands. Now that the courts have acted on BPI's commands on more than one occasion, we imagine it will return again this year, after another set of Bittorrent websites will have become popular. µ