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BT, Virgin Media block three BitTorrent sites

Friday, March 22nd 2013 by Paul France
Three BitTorrent websites blocked by BT and Virgin Media

H33T, KickassTorrents and Fenopy have been blocked by several major broadband providers.

Major internet service providers including BT and Virgin Media have begun blocking three BitTorrent sites that were found by the High Court to be facilitating illegal downloads.

KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy are no longer available to customers of Be Broadband, BT, O2 and Virgin Media as a result of the court ruling, which came about through legal action initiated by trade association the British Phonographic Industry.

EE, Sky and TalkTalk have also been instructed to stop subscribers from accessing the sites.

The High Court ruling claimed that the websites in question were profiting heavily from allowing their users to illegally download copyrighted content, with KickassTorrents' annual revenue estimated at between $12.5 million (£8.3 million) and $22.4 million.

Speaking to TorrentFreak, the UK Pirate Party hit out at the increase in website blocking, pointing out that recent research from the European Commission indicates that illegal music downloads have little or no impact on sales of digital music.

"In the Pirate Party we have always maintained that website blocking is dangerous, it is now clear that it is misguided too," said party leader Loz Kaye.

"The number of these blocks is now rapidly expanding. Where does this end? The BPI is out of control."

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