U.K. ISPs ordered to block 21 pirate sites, including top torrent destinations

Another battle has been won by copyright owners in the war against online piracy, as the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has succeeded in blocking access to numerous sites accused of being linked to illegal downloads of copyrighted content.

The BPI, the trade association which represents the interests of the music business in the United Kingdom, has obtained a court order instructing internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.K. to block access to 21 such websites with immediate effect. The list includes some of the most popular torrent sites, including Monova, Torrentz and BitSnoop.

The full list of sites that must be blocked is:

  • Abmp3
  • BeeMP3
  • Bomb-MP3
  • eMP3world
  • FileCrop
  • FilesTube
  • MP3Juices
  • MP3lemon
  • MP3Raid
  • MP3skull
  • NewAlbumReleases
  • RapidLibrary
  • 1337x
  • BitSnoop
  • ExtraTorrent
  • Monova
  • TorrentCrazy
  • TorrentDownloads
  • TorrentHound
  • TorrentReactor
  • Torrentz

As BBC News reports, ISPs have until tomorrow, October 30, to comply with the order. Two of the U.K.’s largest ISPs, Virgin Media and BT, have already confirmed that they will do so.

Earlier this year, a report indicated that piracy in the U.K. was on the rise, with a 16% increase in illegal downloads and streaming over the previous quarter. 

Source: BBC News

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Good. Maybe now movie and music prices will fall and cable channels will give us ala cart rather than charging us for things we do not want /s

The internet is becoming more like television. While there may be more content being produced than ever before, the channels to access it have been so drastically narrowed as the entertainment industry engulfs everything under the pretense that they are going to recoup the money they started losing almost 15 years ago.

They hold this false belief that somehow everyone who downloads illegally will walk into a brick and mortar store and pay for the music or the game or film they would otherwise download. That's never going to be the case! Media has become so devalued that people consider it worthless anyway, and all that blocking filesharing sites will do is pave way for the bootleggers to make a comeback.

This plan is going to fall flat on its face. I had a few more things to say about this "paradigm shift" that's happening in the media industry:

http://seriously****edoff.com/...ed-to-block-21-pirate-sites

I guess it stops the average joe from downloading, but even the average joe can figure out downloading PirateBrowser gets around these "blocks"

Extra Torrents i only use if i can't get something from a "private site" but lucky my private site isn't on there

adza33 said,
Are they able to block private sites??

Don't think so but again depends on how much traffic private sites receive and how much it affects music/films etc.

Torrentz is just a search engine, it doesn't actually host any torrents or even magnet links... how can they legally block that? Shall they block Google as well?

They've been blocking sites that are just hosting links to proxy versions of the sites. Absolutely shocking that they are able to do this so easily now

Torrent sites are there just for torrents, they are the first point to getting pirated content. Google searches for everything, inc torrents. People need to stop comparing torrent sites to google. Also last time i looked google doesnt host links to torrent links, just a link to the site that hosts the link to download the torrent file.

There's a difference between a search engine that searches everything, and one that specifically targets illegal content, with special filter set up to help you find the illegal stolen content you want and so on.

THE_OBSERVER said,
Also last time i looked google doesnt host links to torrent links, just a link to the site that hosts the link to download the torrent file.
HawkMan said,
There's a difference between a search engine that searches everything, and one that specifically targets illegal content, with special filter set up to help you find the illegal stolen content you want and so on.

Torrentz does not target illegal content; it targets torrents, and torrents are not illegal. It does not host a tracker, has no 'special filters', does not contain magnet links, and does not contain direct links to torrent files.

Edited by Memnochxx, Oct 30 2013, 2:39pm :

Memnochxx said,

Torrentz does not target illegal content; it targets torrents, and torrents are not illegal. It does not host a tracker, has no 'special filters', does not contain magnet links, and does not contain direct links to torrent files.

i think your missing the point! 99% of these torrent sites are there for illegal content. and of those 99% torrent sites, there maybe 2% legal content. Now these torrent sites, do you go there to search for anything OTHER then torrents? i guess not, as such they are not search engines like google, they are sites there with links to illegal content though torrent links. Do they host the content, nope but they are a door way to where the content is. BTW these private torrent sites, can you explain them please or are they just private search engines?

THE_OBSERVER said,
i think your missing the point! 99% of these torrent sites are there for illegal content. and of those 99% torrent sites, there maybe 2% legal content. Now these torrent sites, do you go there to search for anything OTHER then torrents? i guess not, as such they are not search engines like google, they are sites there with links to illegal content though torrent links.
The only difference between Torrentz.eu and Google is that the former specializes in torrents while Google tries to be good at everything. If you search for torrents on Google it provides you with the same kind of links you would get on Torrentz, only not as well organised and presented. So, if it's illegal for Torrentz.eu to provide search results from torrent sites, then it should be illegal for Google as well; and if that's ground to block Torrentz.eu, then that should be grounds to block Google as well.

A site like kat.ph is not just a search engine (although it includes one), it hosts torrents and magnet links.

But you only go to Torrentz for torrents. nothing else. Yes google can provide links to torrents like Torrentz, but Torrentz provide details like uptodate trackers, best location for torrent your after. This is nothing like google. The fact that you mentioned how torrentz specialize in torrents makes it a closed case.

Asik said,
So if providing links to torrent sites is illegal, why is Google not blocked?

Point made, i lay down my arms, please make the killing fast!

I heard of TorrentRector back in 2004, had no idea it was still going. Never heard of any of the other sites listed.

It's a shame were going to such extremes to block random torrent websites, seems like a total waste of money to me.

InsaneNutter said,
It's a shame were going to such extremes to block random torrent websites, seems like a total waste of money to me.

It's either this or the megastudios have to change their business model to a 21st century one...

Sir Topham Hatt said,
So you have a Virtual Private Network and you can get round all these silly filters?
I should invest time checking this VPN lark out!

Yep pay a few quid for a good one and you'll be fine. The one I use sometimes has servers in Canada, Singapore or Netherlands.

yeah, blocking THESE sites is for the good of all Internet including pirates,

they are spyware / virus ridden, most likely and should not be used ever.

most popular? from that list, I've only heard of TorrentReactor and Monova, the latter of which was always loaded with fake torrents and links to paid newsgroups

Seems they only ever block the **** holes. lol

Still, thanks for the list of sites to check out/blocks to curcumvent

The mentality that the MSM and Government have about the internet is a slippery one. At the moment the blocks are financially motivated by private corporations but recently the opt-in porn filter was passed by the Government on the basis of social responsibility. It feels like the Government are slowly edging their way into controlling the internet.

I suppose those "tech heads" who use google's DNS instead of their own ISP's one don't have any problems accessing those site anyway?

Ad Man Gamer said,
It is an IP block, so DNS will not cut it. But a proxy or VPN would do the trick.

ahh, cool, so the sites now update their DNS servers to point to the BPI and RIAA and MPA websites and the blocks end up blocking the greedy movie/music companies sites instead

Unksi said,
Actually it is helping, I haven't heard about most of these...

Actuslly, I've heard of one out of the entire list. That's because I don't use them.