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Torrentfreak claims Sky’s adult content filter is blocking it

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Tue Jan 07 2014, 13:45
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COPYRIGHT NEWS WEBSITE Torrentfreak has claimed that it is being blocked by UK internet service provider (ISP) Sky through its adult content filter.

Torrentfreak claimed that it is being blocked in a report on its website, saying that users who sign up for the Sky adult content censorship filter are being denied its news reports about copyright and copyright infringement.

"Torrentfreak - which neither offers or links to copyrighted files and hosts no file-sharing software whatsoever - is blocked for any Sky household filtered for under 18s? Really?", it wrote in a report.

"Our news site is suitable for all ages yet when Sky's teenager filter is turned on we are put on the same level as porn, suicide, self harm, violence and gore."

The adult content filters are a fairly recent addition to UK internet services, but are widely supported by the music and film industries. However, they do not always hit their intended targets and they have been widely criticised by censorship opponents and free speech advocates.

"There can be little doubt that little by little, piece by piece, big corporations and governments are taking chunks out of the free internet. Today they pretend that the control is in the hands of the people, but along the way they are prepared to mislead and misdirect, even when their errors are pointed out to them," added Torrentfreak.

"I'm calling on Sky, Symantec, McAfee and other ISPs about to employ filtering to categorise this site correctly as a news site or blog and to please start listening to people's legitimate complaints about other innocent sites. It serves nobody's interests to wrongfully block legitimate information."

The Torrentfreak article criticised Sky in particular and accused it of "pretending" to be trying to stop filesharing.

"If you really meant business you would have blocked the actual protocols, not merely some websites," it added. "But that would cost you money in customer churn, and we obviously need to avoid that at all costs."

Sky introduced its Broadband Shield last November. We have asked the broadcaster to comment about its block on Torrentfreak, but so far it has not responded. µ


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