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I saw this on google news, and figured it might interest some of you brits ;)


File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled.

The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly pirated free music and video.

Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site.

"Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists," the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said.

A sixth ISP, BT, requested "a few more weeks" to consider their position on blocking the site.

BPI's chief executive Geoff Taylor said: "The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale.

"Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them.

"This is wrong - musicians, sound engineers and video editors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else."

'Compelling alternatives'

In November 2011, the BPI asked the group of ISPs to voluntarily block access to the site.

The request followed a court order to block Newzbin 2, a site also offering links to download pirated material.

The ISPs said they would not block the site unless a court order was made, as is now the case.

Virgin Media told the BBC it will now comply with the request, but warned such measures are, in the long term, only part of the solution.

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It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic calls for internet censorship”

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"As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to the company but strongly believes that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives, such as our agreement with Spotify, to give consumers access to great content at the right price."

The Pirate Bay was launched in 2003 by a group of friends from Sweden and rapidly became one of the most famous file-sharing sites on the web.

It allows users to search for and access copyrighted content including movies, games and TV shows.

No 'extra pennies'

In April 2009, the Swedish courts found the four founders of the site guilty of helping people circumvent copyright controls.

The ruling was upheld after an appeal in 2010, but the site continues to function.

The Pirate Party UK, a spin-off from the political movement started in Sweden that backs copyright reform, said this latest move will "not put any extra pennies into the pockets of artists".

"Unfortunately, the move to order blocking on The Pirate Bay comes as no surprise," party leader Loz Kaye told the BBC.

"The truth is that we are on a slippery slope towards internet censorship here in the United Kingdom."

'Pointless and dangerous'

Critics of site-blocking argue that such measures are ineffective as they can be circumvented using proxy servers and other techniques.

However, one analyst told the BBC that it was still worthwhile to take court action as it underlines the illegal nature of sites such as The Pirate Bay.

"I know it's fashionable to say 'oh, it just won't work', but we should keep trying," said Mark Little, principal analyst at Ovum.

"We should keep blocking them - they are stealing music illegally.

"The biggest culprits of this, really, are the younger demographic who just haven't been convinced that doing this is somehow morally uncomfortable.

"The principle that downloading music illegally is a bad thing to do has not been reinforced by schools or parents."

But Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, called the move "pointless and dangerous".

"It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic calls for internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremism," he said.

"Internet censorship is growing in scope and becoming easier. Yet it never has the effect desired. It simply turns criminals into heroes."


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Use a VPN. Problem Solved.

Or go to starbucks and use their ip while enjoying a nice cup of joe

Instead of going after sites that host this stuff why not go after creators of software that can "rip" multimedia for ease of uploading? Either way its completly pointless as its never going to end.

I heard that here in the states the plan was to block tpb, demonoid and sites like that but I heard that we get 5 warnings from our isp before legsl action is taken. Lol 5, seriously? Any who I dont "pirate" stuff(i think ;)) I have friends that do it and sometimes a copy lands in my hands but as far as I know its a back up of what they already own. Software, pffft easy to get free copies, hell the developers give em away

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Works for me :P

Not that I wanna download anything from it malware/virus laden crap

Exactly thats why I stopped pirating crap ages ago. What ever happened to the good ol' napster days? I never had any issues then except it took like 20 minutes to download a single song and had to have my comp on all night to finish off an entire cd

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Napster and those that was around back then such as the limewire/edonkey services was also super bad for passing along malware/spyware/viruses.

Same with TPB. If your going to download something for free you take the risks its not as clear cut as you may think. Noobs use TPB.

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I can still access it fine. Plus I am on Virgin Media which it says in that article have already blocked it... hmmm....

It says they will comply not that it's already blocked. I would assume we are going to see it over the next few weeks.

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I wish the ISP's good luck with this battle as it a no win for them due to the numerous amount of ways you can get around it and I cannot see how the courts are gonna be able to back up the ruling.

Not really.

It's actually not all that easy to bypass a nationwide block....

Unless you base64/rot13 all the data you send and receive(including URLs), you're not going to accomplish anything.

Also, you have to consider... An encrypted tunnel via a VPN or whatever, is your right to privacy.

But, it's not your right to do so illegally. They will have the freedom to decipher/log any illegal requests.

You have to also remember, SSH tunnels are fairly slow, well at least ones that would remotely allow illegal requests like this.

And then, bit by bit they will shut down every gateway to that IP block.

It's much like Google once was in China/Japan/Whatever, they flip a switch and bye-bye website.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure they'll block off requests at data or network level... so good luck.

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Napster and those that was around back then such as the limewire/edonkey services was also super bad for passing along malware/spyware/viruses.

Same with TPB. If your going to download something for free you take the risks its not as clear cut as you may think. Noobs use TPB.

get your mp3 viruses..


I didn't know, Mr judge dude! My wireless must have been hax0rd!

The court system don't have ****. Neither does sniffing around your data. Prove I did it.

For all I know, my pet dog signed in and downloaded ****, but I know it wasn't me.

It wouldn't matter. It's like the whole finding drugs in your car thing, you're responsible for what is in your possession.

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Perhaps in america, but if you get caught with drugs in your car here -- better prove it's mine of GTFO (@Police)

Obviously, if we are talking a Kilo on the back seat, it's different :P

But we aren't really going to try and compare drugs with music now, are we?

Really? lol, here if you have anything illegal in your vehical/house you have to prove that it isn't yours or you're screwed (i've known many people it has happened to, although 90% of the time it was theirs)

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Sorry, the web page you have requested is not available through Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site in order to help protect against copyright infringement.

If you are a Virgin Media home broadband customer, for more information on why certain web pages are blocked, please click here.

If you are a Virgin Media Business customer, or are trying to view this page through your company's internet connection, please click here.

Damn... Time to move to http://isohunt.com :)

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