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High Court Orders ISP Block of Torrent Sites

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Today the High Court, London, have made a ruling that has condemns the three major illegal BitTorrent websites, 'Kickass Torrents' (commonly referred to as KAT), 'H33T', and 'Fenopy', to be relegated from Internet traffic by six of Britain's biggest ISP's; Virgin Media, Sky, BT, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk and O2. In a ruling which is far from foreign, this is yet another high court victory for the music industry which attempts to inhibit the practice of illegally torrenting copyrighted music by simply denying access via the above internet service providers.

Although the ruling will undoubtedly decrease the act of torrenting music for some users in the UK, it is unlikely that it will permanently inhibit their activity as they search for other BitTorrent's from other sites out there - there are plenty more.

For many years now the torrent site fraternity have shown particularly strong antidisestablishmentarian views in their aggressive stance on internet freedom. An example of this is the infamous 'The Pirate Bay'... Following various rulings and sanctions against the continuation of their business they just reinvented themselves and now they are back online. As this is a common trend within this market it may very well be a case that the condemned sources may choose to follow the crowd and simply reinvent themselves, and their business name, so that they can be back in the market again.

Following this High Court ruling, the BPI's chief executive made the following statement: "UK music labels have innovated to build one of the most vibrant digital music sectors in the world. But the growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music online without permission. Music fans shouldn't have to worry that sites distributing music online are illegal and unethical. Blocking illegal sites helps ensure that the legal digital market can grow and labels can continue to sign and develop new talent."

Edd Harris

Edd Harris  - 28th Febuary 2013

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