The UK’s major ISP’s are set to block 3 further torrent sites which have been named as Kickass Torrents, Fenopy and H33t.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which acts on behalf of rights holders, have asked the ISP’s to prevent access to the sites in much the same way that they did back in May, when the first of the ISP’s to follow the court order, Virgin Media started their blocking of the famed site. The BPI are alleging that these three sites are illegally distributing music, and the ISP’s have answered by saying that as per the last time they were asked to block a site on the behest of the BPI, that they would comply once a court order has been put in place.
The letter, which was not intended to go public, was sent to six ISPs last week, namely BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk and this time the implementation of a block, most probably via IP and not DNS will come about fairly quickly as there is now precedent following the court order last April that ordered the blocking of The Pirate Bay (TPB). According to the BBC, the BPI are hoping that a block will be put in place by Christmas.
The interesting thing to note about the BBC report on the leaked letter, is that according to Nielson figures (not very accurate, and probably uses Hollywood math) state that since the blocking of the Pirate Bay by UK ISP’s, traffic has been significantly lowered. This goes against one UK ISP (that didn’t wish to be named) that stated that although there was an initial fall in traffic to the Pirate Bay via its network, that the traffic went straight back up to its usual levels within a week. Also, when the news that UK ISP’s were to start blocking access to The Pirate Bay broke back in April, it had a huge impact on The Pirate Bay in that they received a 12 million boost of extra hits due to the media attention. This also turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to educate users on how to easily circumvent the block via means of free proxies that were quickly set-up (only use the recommended ones), or other simple methods like the use of a VPN.
“Thanks to the High Court and the fact that the news was on the BBC, we had 12 MILLION more visitors yesterday than we had ever had before,” a Pirate Bay insider informed TorrentFreak today.
“We should write a thank you note to the BPI,” he added.
You can fully expect a similar surge in traffic to these sites once a court ruling and or media report is made public. Streisand effect anyone?
Figures according to Nielson, showing drop in traffic to The Pirate Bay after the UK courts decision was enforced.
Here are the 6 UK ISP’s that will be implementing the blocking of the 3 torrent sites.
- Everything Everywhere
- Virgin Media
You don’t have to be a genius to see that any blocking to any one of these sites is useless, as people will always find other ways to get around the blocks. Maybe if the BPI and their cronies the MPAA/RIAA across the pond (who are arguably the ones pushing the BPI’s buttons) spent as much time trying to figure out ways of either embracing piracy or changing the way they currently do things, then there wouldn’t be such a need to waste the courts time.
Last week a report found that file-sharers actually buy 30% more music than non P2P file-sharers. Something that the RIAA didn’t like to hear and made their own comment on the report. (Note: Both these reports appear to now be encrypted and unavailable to the public)
Via a TorrentFreak report:
In the past we have documented studies that show how the majority of artists sell more music thanks to piracy, and that people who download more also buy more physical CDs. Yet another study found that pirates are 10 times more likely to buy music than those who don’t.
Will they ever get it? Don’t hold your breath.