Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list
High Court judge tells BT and pals to shut out their customers
The UK’s biggest ISPs must block customers from accessing another two unlicensed movie-streaming sites, SolarMovie and Tubeplus.
High Court Judge Lord Justice Arnold has ruled that the ISPs should add the sites to the ever-growing list of websites which it must prevent customers from accessing.
The Big Five ISPs – BT, Sky including O2, Virgin Media, EE and TalkTalk – did not contest the blocks to SolarMovie and Tubeplus, which must go into effect in early December.
The ruling marks the first time that access to illegal streaming sites has been nobbled, rather than torrent trackers and lockers.
Under UK law, the rights-owner can apply to have a website blocked provided it can persuade a judge the evidence is strong enough. Lord Justice Arnold agreed the sites have the effect of making unauthorised stuff available.
The move was welcomed by groups across the creative economy including indie TV producers group PACT, and the union Equity.
Last month five further sites were blocked: Yify-Torrents, Project-Free TV, Primewire, Vodly and Watchfreemovies. These blocks should take effect by the end of November.
That’s in addition to 25 sites that were already on the shit list, encompassing 13 torrent sites and 12 aggregators. The full list of the torrent sites includes: The Pirate Bay, Kat, H33t, Fenopy, 1337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Monova, TorrentCrazy, TorrentDownloads, TorrentHound, Torrentreactor and Torrentz. And the aggregators: Abmp3, BeeMP3, Bomb-MP3, eMP3World, FilesCrop, FilesTube, MP3Juices, MP3Lemon, MP3Raid, MP3Skull, NewAlbumReleases and RapidLibrary. [That’s enough freetards – Ed.] ®