UK Internet Providers Block More Than 100 Piracy-Related Websites

Following a recent High Court order, six major internet providers in the UK have been forced to block over 100 websites that have been found to enable and endorse piracy-related activities.

The decision comes following a case put forward by some of the country’s largest record labels, and numerous websites that offer MP3 downloads have essentially been closed down, including stafaband.info, rnbxclusive.se and plixid.com, in addition to a search engine for the cloud-hosting service Mega.co.nz.

A surge in action against such websites began in 2012, and the list has continued to expand since then.

The British Phonographic Industry, which represents major record labels, has cooperated with Phonographic Performance Limited to obtain an order against a number of MP3 download sites.

Their latest success has resulted in UK internet providers blocking 17 MP3 download sites, with the total number of blocked sites now over 100.

Sky, BT and Virgin have already blocked the sites covered by the court order, while other internet service providers should follow their example in the immediate future.

Due to the fact that internet service providers rarely defend their position on such websites, copyright holders and their legal representatives usually have a straightforward legal case to put forward to protect their work.

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Nigel is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in the London office of Mackrell Turner Garrett.