As we have already discussed in this article, the UK courts last year (2012) ordered all major ISP’s to block access to The Pirate Bay, an order that was later extended to cover a further five of the world’s largest online BitTorrent tracker listing websites, including Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy.
In response to this, hundreds of proxy sites appeared, using alternative domain names (and IP addresses) to point towards the censored pages, and thereby making something of a mockery of IP blocks that have been put in place.
However, the terms of the court ruling permitted the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), a music industry body with a strongly ant-piracy stance and who were one of the main bodies backing the ban, the right to add sites without any further judicial oversight. Although a few proxy websites have been blocked in the past, it seems the BPI has decided to up its game, and has released an extensive new list of websites to be blocked.
While this move doesn’t really come as a surprise, we do find the fact that these sites are being blocked in secret to be somewhat bizarre! After all, why would the BPI not want the public to see these lists? The BPI’s only response to this question has been that “it would not be appropriate for us to do so”.