PEOPLE WHO LIKE SO-CALLED 'PIRACY' SITES may find that a lot of their bookmarks are coming up blank in the UK after the High Court ordered the blocking of 500 or so copyright compromising pages.
TorrentFreak, naturally, is the source of the news, and its report says that the shutdowns follow an earlier culling, adding to it with sites that offer proxy access to already blocked sites and other things like that.
The site says that it has been sent a list by an ISP with all of the domains on it. That list, which comes in two parts, is 480 sites long. Some domains are duplicated but have different top level destinations.
At least one affected website operator told TorrentFreak that this has had an impact on traffic, which it would. It added that sites often spring back up with a new domain and that mostly this is just like that whack a mole game that people used to play at fetes.
A site called Unblocked tracks this kind of thing, and recommends new routes to content. It told TorrentFreak that things are pretty much just fine and that for as long as sites get knocked down, they will get back up again.
"Anytime we receive multiple reports of the site being blocked, we redirect to a new domain that same day. It's become quite a simple routine now and we don't expect to give up anytime soon," said that spokesperson
"Considering the popularity of Unblocked in the UK, I don't think their strategy is an effective way to deal with piracy. Our traffic data doesn't show any major changes after our many domain changes."
We tried a number of sites from the published list on a Virgin Media connection and came up with nothing but blanks. There are a lot of pages, isohunt.ukbypass.win, being one example.
"Sorry, this page is not available through Virgin Media," informs the page. "Virgin Media has received an order from the High Court requiring us to prevent access to this site." µ
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