Following the mass facepalm moment to ever take place yesterday, as news revealed that porn will be blocked for all UK citizens by default, other organizations are still waging a war on sites hosting links to pirated material being made available on the web in UK homes; this despite proof showing that piracy is actually on the rise in the United Kingdom.
EZTV and YIFY-Torrents are the latest "victims" following a series of blocks over the past two or three years specifically targeted at torrent sites, and the proxies that bypass those filters, one of the most famous being The Pirate Bay which was blocked by many UK ISPs in May 2012 following a court mandated order.
Movie industry group FACT told TorrentFreak that this latest blocking round will not be the last, and they will continue to target sites that enable “mass access to infringing content.” The number of blocks ordered against pirate sites is also increasing at a rapid pace as ISP have stopped defending themselves against such High Court orders, merely treating it more as a formality than an issue of censorship for their customers.
A spokesperson for FACT told TorrentFreak:
“The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and FACT wrote to EZTV last month asking it to stop infringing creative content. This site provides access to copyrighted material on a large-scale with no permission from the copyright owners,”
“No response was received, so further action has been taken against EZTV through the courts,” the movie industry group added.
The BPI, which is Britain’s Record Industry body, recently made a “hit list” that names popular torrent sites isoHunt, Extratorrent and Torrentz, as well as several cyberlockers and the music streaming service Grooveshark; so those living in the UK can expect another round of blocks soon.
The court order has yet to be made public, but the report says it expects it to be similar to those issued against The Pirate Bay and KickAssTorrents.