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High Court grants blocks on three more websites

28 Feb 2013
Judge's gavel

The High Court has granted the BPI the right to demand internet firms like BT and Virgin Media block access to a number of websites that are alleged to offer content for illegal downloads.

The blocks against Fenopy, H33T and Kick Ass Torrents are just the latest in a long line of orders handed down under the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act as the BPI continues to go after sites it claims harm the creative industries.

"The growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music online without permission," said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.

"Blocking illegal sites helps ensure that the legal digital market can grow and labels can continue to sign and develop new talent."

However, others remain opposed to the decisions, claiming they are a form of censorship and far too heavy-handed.

"Blocking is an extreme response, which will encourage new forms of distributed infringement," said Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group.

"The BPI and others should be mindful that their tactics may have the opposite effect to their intention, by legitimising and promoting resistance to their actions.

"We are concerned that these orders are not protecting speech, are over-blocking forums and discussion, and are prone to error as the actual block lists are private."

Last April, the High Court ordered that The Pirate Bay should be blocked in one of the most high-profile takedowns against sites offering content.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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