MPA attempt more site blocking in the UK

Sky, Virgin and TalkTalk now ordered to block Newzbin2 along with BT
Kerry Butters

November 11, 2011
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The Motion Picture Association (MPA) are attempting to extend the blocking of Newzbin2 by asking Sky, Virgin and TalkTalk to follow BT, after the telecoms giant was forced by court order to block the site.

However, it seems that so far BT’s block has been little more than a formality as up to 93% of Newzbin’s users continue to use the site after its owners developed a client that can be used from a PC.

This means that the reality of the situation is that the court order and indeed the MPA have had little real impact on people who want to access the site.

The blocks were implemented last week and users immediately began to report errors when attempting to connect to the site.

However, downloads of the client software have been “stratospheric”, a site owner told TorrentFreak.

It is thought that the other ISPs will take a similar stance to BT and refuse to comply with any blocking requests unless they are accompanied by a court order.

Illegal game downloads have also seen a 20% rise recently, one gamer told the BBC that he downloaded games to test them.

Without the ability to try a game out, he wouldn’t bother picking them up at all, he explained.

Whilst many officials accept that piracy is a crime, rights groups have argued that censorship is not the answer to the problem as it infringes on consumer rights and destroys the free web.

“It’s a sad day when a minor European nation decides to kow-tow to Hollywood and join China and Iran in blocking citizens from reading the views of others and accessing a search engine,” Mr White of Newzbin2 told TorrentFreak.

It has been argued by torrent providers that as they don’t store movies, music or games on their servers, they can’t be held accountable for illegal downloads.

Virgin have also recently pointed out that consumers are willing to pay for decent film services, which would do away with the need for torrents, although perhaps not entirely.

Whilst the movie industry continues to take action through the courts, perhaps they would be better placed investing in providing online subscription services for viewers.

After all, it isn’t as if they can’t afford it.


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