UK ISPs start to block Fenopy and others
UK continuing its trend of blocking websites for public use has recently added three torrent websites into the block list. The step was taken by the High Court after a plea was entered by British Phonographic Industry for illegal distribution of registered music to the users. The blocked websites are Fenopy, Kickass torrents and H33T. The act of banning the Bit Torrent websites is not new for internet users of UK. As early as last year, The Pirate Bay was blocked in same fashion after complains flew from 9 major record labels for illegal use and distribution of recorded music.
The major Internet Providers of UK such as BT and Sky have done a commendable job in this field. They have already issued warning messages telling users about the blockage of the websites. But few ISPs have just blocked the websites without any message or notice leading to a great commotion among the regular users of these Torrent websites. This can be easily seen from the complaints of users asking why the servers of these websites are running down.
However, none of the ISPs including BT, Virgin Media, O2 and Sky was offering a volunteered blocking of the websites without the verdict of the High court. It was only in month of February this year when the High Court ordered six major ISPs of UK to ban the access to these Torrent websites. The six ISPs ordered to ban the access to the websites account for more than 95 per cent of internet traffic in UK thus affecting a nationwide ban on use of these websites.
The step taken was concentrated at keeping a check on online piracy of music and movies on such websites. It is well known that these top rated torrent websites are responsible for distribution of music and movie files with the help of Bit Torrent. The BPI in support of the 9 record labels that filed the case argued that free distribution of such content is a case of copyright infringement.
BPI also says that this step taken will ensure a stable growth of legal digital market. Supporting this fact of British Phonographic Industry are the stats that show illegal sharing of music on peer to peer basis decreased by seventeen per cent last year after the ban of Pirate Bay. It also ensured the traffic of these illegal websites turning to resources that provide legal streaming services.
However the users of such Torrent websites argue that such services provide better platforms for downloading of music and movies. Many are already searching for other options after banning of these top class Torrent websites. Even the Open Rights Group said that banning the sites is not a complete solution for putting a check on online piracy. This may result in new forms of illegal distribution that will soon rise up in near future.