The High Court has ordered five leading ISPs to block all traffic to the popular file-sharing site, but will it make any difference?
Posted on May 01, 2012 11:56 am
The High Court in London has ordered five leading internet service providers (ISPs) to block all traffic to the Pirate Bay.
Internet users who subscribe to Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Vigin Media will be blocked from the popular torrent site in the coming weeks.
The injunction which forces the ISPs to block the Pirate Bay is the result of efforts by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The UK had previously announced a "three-strikes" law to contend with piracy, but it is yet to be implemented.
Speaking to CMU, the BPI's Geoff Taylor said the file-sharing service had damaged the UK's creative sector:
"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."
He continued: "Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists. We urge anyone using The Pirate Bay to explore the many digital music services operating ethically and legally in the UK."
Other organisations have hit back at the injunction, claiming it won't solve music piracy and could lead to wider censorship of the internet.
"Blocking The Pirate Bay is pointless and dangerous," said Jim Killock from the Open Rights Group. "It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremism. Internet censorship is growing in scope and becoming easier. Yet it never has the effect desired. It simply turns criminals into heroes".
One British musician has an interesting take on the situation. Dan Bull developed his music career using viral videos and torrent sites to promote his music. The result? His latest single reached the top 10 of the indie chart, despite releasing the song by himself at home.
"I am a British musician. The BPI is supposedly shutting down The Pirate Bay in Britain in the name of artists like me," said Dan. "The Pirate Bay helped me get a top 10 hit in the UK official indie charts this week. [The] BPI did diddly squat to help me."
While Dan's success with torrents is considered an isolated case, it demonstrates that peer-to-peer technology is not limited to illegal practices.
Watch Dan's song which made it to the top 10 thanks to torrent sharing here:
What are your thoughts on the Pirate Bay ban? Will it prevent piracy, or could it lead to wider censorship? Share your view in the comments.