Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways
Ha! That's THOSE moles well and truly whacked
More websites serving as gateways for Brits seeking pirated content online are set to be blocked by the country's biggest ISPs.
The Register understands that 21 sites are on a new hit list, after the UK's courts told Virgin Media, BT, BSkyB, TalkTalk, EE and O2 to comply with an order to kill access to sites that tout torrents to copyrighted material on the web.
The court action took place earlier this month and it is expected that telcos will begin complying with the order as early as today.
Here's the full list of websites that are set to have their access choked by Blighty's largest telecom providers:
Abmp3, BeeMP3, Bomb-Mp3, eMp3World, FileCrop, FilesTube, Mp3Juices, Mp3lemon, Mp3Raid, Mp3skull, NewAlbumReleases, Rapidlibrary, 1337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Monova, TorrentCrazy, TorrentDownloads, TorrentHound, Torrentreactor and Torrentz.
A Virgin Media spokesman confirmed that it was responding to the legal request.
"We’ve received court orders requiring us to block a further 21 file-sharing sites found to be infringing on copyright. As a responsible ISP we obey court orders addressed to the company," he said.
This is the latest in a series of blockades demanded against such websites.
In April 2012, Blighty's big name ISPs were told by Mr Justice Arnold to cut off access to The Pirate Bay site, following an earlier judgment in which it was ruled that users of the infamous site had breached record labels' copyright.
Since then, more sites have undergone similar suffocation methods.
However, many continue to argue that such action is largely futile because - while telcos may have blocked access via their networks - workarounds can easily be found a few clicks away with the help of everyone's matey: Google. ®
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