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Sky and EE confirm Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy are blocked

Talktalk only UK ISP not currently blocking torrent sites
Tue Mar 26 2013, 14:09
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ALL OF THE UK's main ISPs are now blocking access to sharing sites Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy.

On Friday, we reported that the majority of UK ISPs had started to block the three torrent sites at the behest of a High Court order handed down in favour of the The British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The BPI wanted to block Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy, and it wanted the big ISPs in the UK to play along. At that time we found that BT, O2, Virgin Media and Be There had complied. This week, we have had confirmation that EE, Sky and Talktalk are also blocking access to the pages.

Sky has confirmed that it has blocked access to the three sites since 21 March, almost a year to the day after it closed the curtain on The Pirate Bay.

In a statement on its page of websites that have been excluded from it's users' browsing habits, Sky notes that it is important to protect investment in entertainment, and that it is ready to do so whenever it is asked.

"We have invested billions of pounds in high-quality entertainment for our customers because we know how much our customers value it. It's therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect their copyright," the web page reads.

"Such protection makes sure that consumers continue to benefit from TV programmes, movies and music both now and in the future. This means taking effective action against online piracy and copyright infringement."

Everything Everywhere told us, "All operators started blocking last Thursday." While Talktalk gave us a little more colour, informing the INQUIRER that when it is asked to block a site, it will do so, as long as there is a court order.

"We have received a court order requiring us to block access to Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy. We will comply with the decision made by the court and are in the process of doing this," said a Talktalk spokesperson.

"Talktalk have always maintained that we are not in principle against blocking provided there is a court order."

Our diverse readership comes down on both sides of the so-called 'piracy' debate, but it seems like most are in favour of keeping their doorways open.

In response to our previous story from Friday on the three torrent sites being blocked, some of our readers were mad and chose to share alternate routes or proxies to the websites, others laughed off the threat. A minority thought that the filesharers got what they deserved. "Boo hoo. Those who support piracy should expect to get pinched," said one reader.

"It's a total waste of time to pirate but some people are begging to go to prison. Japan has the right idea with mandatory prison sentences and fines for all who pirate or facilitate piracy," added another. "Soon the rest of the world will impose these penalties. If you're dumb enough to pirate or facilitate piracy, you're dumb enough to pay for your criminal behavior."

Not everyone sees people that download music and films as bad, however, and some readers think that Hollywood just continues to break a butterfly on a wheel with its hard nosed and unworkable response.

"They think that by blocking these sites it will stop us...Oh how much i laugh at their feeble attempts! Five seconds later... instance access," said one.

"Total waste of time... you gotta laugh really, it only takes a few seconds to find a way around the blocks," added another. µ


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