Thursday, May 3, 2012

Virgin Media is the first ISP to comply with U.J. judge order to block The Pirate Bay, users circumvent blockage

Users in the U.K. of the file sharing website The Pirate Bay quickly found ways around the blocking of the site by Virgin Media after that Internet service provider was the first to comply with a U.K. judge's order to block the Swedish company.

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The order by Justice Arnold last week required that major ISPs such as Virgin Media, Sky, O2 cut off access to the popular website. The Pirate Bay, which does not house files, is used to search for BitTorrent links where users can share files together. While the website gets no revenue directly from its users, the site is reportedly earning up to $3 million a year in advertising.

In a statement released last week by the head of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Geoff Taylor praised last week's ruling. "The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale. Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them. This is wrong - musicians, sound engineers and video editors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else,” Taylor said.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, criticized the ruling saying that "blocking the Pirate Bay is pointless and dangerous. It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic calls for internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremis."

But users, commenting on British websites, said they are having little difficulty in circumventing the website's blockage by ISPs, some stating that a simply web search has come up with solutions.

Commercial ISPs and other been quick to comply with requests, both formal and through back channels, to block services. Last year both Amazon and PayPal agreed to stop providing server and payment processing for WikiLeaks after that web entity released documents.