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RIAA lines up 21 more blocking targets

Reports almost two dozen websites to the authorities
Tue Oct 29 2013, 12:42
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AMERICAN MUSIC CARTEL the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has found more websites that it claims are harming legitimate businesses just by existing.

In its ongoing campaign against copyright infringement the RIAA likes to suppress traffic to websites. It has regularly called out internet search firm Google for not doing enough to help it, and now it has released a notorious websites report to the US Trade Representative (USTR).

That report is reproduced on the RIAA website, and it names six websites. These are vkontakte, ex.ua, Zing, Filestube, The Pirate Bay and the Brazilian Degraçaémaisgostoso.org - which translates as "Free is much better."

According to the RIAA the mere presence of these outfits is preventing other companies from launching in their countries.

"We highlight certain sites that are so central to the activities of a particular society that they almost single-handedly prevent the development of a legitimate online music marketplace," the RIAA said in a statement penned by EVP Neil Turkewitz.

"Others actively champion their supposed subversiveness by proclaiming to be advocates for freedom of expression while undermining the careers of creators whose very existence is based on expression".

According to a report at the Torrentfreak news website some of these firms and others are likely to be blocked by UK ISPs in the next few days.

Torrentfreak said that six websites including Filestube, Extratorrent and Bitsnoop will be blocked soon.

In fact we have uncovered a list of 21 websites and have provided it to the RIAA to see whether it wants to confirm its accuracy.

We can confirm that Filestube is on the list that we have, as are other websites including Bomb-Mp3, Mp3skull, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Torrenthound, Torrentreactor and Monova.

BT has confirmed that it has been asked to block websites, but not when. "BT will only block access to websites engaged in online copyright infringement when ordered by a court to do so," it said in a statement.

"BT has been ordered to block access to these websites, and will do so within the timeframe set out in the court order."

Virgin Media went further and mentioned a recognisable number of websites that are lined up for a smackdown. "We've received court orders requiring us to block a further 21 file-sharing sites found to be infringing on copyright," said a spokesperson.

"As a responsible ISP we obey court orders addressed to the company." µ

 

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