As of today, a ruling that was handed down from the UK High Courts in late April to block two sites, Movie2K.to and DL4All.com for linking to copyrighted materials, has started to come into effect. As is normally the case when it comes to the blocking of such sites, workarounds began to appear almost immediately proving yet again that these acts of censorship by the ISP’s have little to no effect at all.
This type of site blocking is unfortunately nothing new in the UK as nine labels including EMI, Polydor, Sony, Virgin and Warner, argued last year that The Pirate Bay infringes their copyrights under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (which has since had a few additional amendments made to it) leading to The Pirate Bay being blocked in the UK. Unsurprisingly, this blocking lead to a huge traffic spike to the unsinkable site as 12 million extra visitors hit TPB in one day, giving the owners of the site a golden opportunity to educate the new comers.
The same section of the UK’s Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, Section 97A, was used in today’s court order. The organisation behind today’s ruling are the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) who are an American trade association that works on the behalf of the Hollywood studios. It is believed that they brought a copyright complaint against the two sites approximately 2 months ago. The MPAA are also the main reason for the censoring of sites, that is becoming more and more frequent in the UK and other countries that seem to panic at the sheer thought of getting on the wrong side of Hollywood. It’s a great shame to see this happening in the UK, but until someone in government has the metal to stand up against the censoring of our internet from overseas interests, then continue it will.
The leading UK ISP’s that are being compelled by the ruling to block the two sites are listed below and have been confirmed by TorrentFreak. I can personally confirm that Sky are also blocking.
- Virgin Media
TorrentFreak reached out to Virgin Media for a response to the latest court ruling, who replied:
“Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring it to prevent access to Download4All and Movie2K in order to help protect against copyright infringement,” a spokesperson told TorrentFreak.
“As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to the company, but strongly believes that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives to give consumers access to great content at the right price.”
A BT Spokesperson said:
“The block on Download4All and Movie2k should start at some point today. This is in addition to Newzbin, Pirate Bay, Fenopy, H33t and [Kickass Torrents] which BT’s already blocking access to in compliance with previous court orders.”
Almost straight after the blocking began, proxy sites started to appear giving a workaround for Movie2K.to below:
- movie2kproxy.org – Working
- movie2kproxy.net – Offline
- movie2kproxy.com – Working
As for Download4All, Torrenticity have already set up a proxy site for them
- dl4allproxy.pw – Working
PirateReverse.info have also stated that they will be adding a proxy site for Movie2K users being blocked by the UK ISP’s, although most people will simply use their trustee VPN.
[Update] It seems that the ISP’s are either started to include these workarounds into their blocking, or the sites are under a heavy load due to the Streisand Effect that happens every time one of these rather pointless rulings are made, bringing even more attention to them to people who would of otherwise had no idea that they existed.