Two sites accused of flouting copyright laws have been blocked by big UK net firms. The move came after the Motion Picture association (MPA) was awarded a court order forcing ISP’s to block Download4all, and Movie2K websites. A Movie2K mirror site has been set up by pro-piracy activists in an effort to go around the court order. The music industry group has also listed 25 sites that it is seeking to block.
As the international division of the Motion picture association of America, the MPA went to court over the breaking of UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act by the two websites. The sites were allowing their users to download movies that had been pirated from recently released DVD’s.
Once the court order was issued, BT, Virgin, Talk Talk, Sky, and EE, the largest ISP’s in Britain complied and shut down the websites. The block, however, may not be effective given that TorrentFreak has reported that a mirror site has been created by pro-piracy groups.
With the recent block, the music and film makers have managed to block 6 different piracy sites. In February, The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) managed to compel UK ISP’s to block Kickass torrents, H33T, and Fenopy, 3 sites that were promoting piracy. The ISP’s had earlier been ordered to block access to Pirate Bay, another site that flaunts copyright laws.
With a list that targets 25 domains, the BPI is seeking to block sites that are involved in pirating music. Popular sites such as Monova, Filestube, Isohunt and Grooveshark are included in the list.
Music companies and recording labels have been provided with the list so they can ascertain if any of their artists have given licenses to these sites. The action against all sites may not materialise, given that only 3 out of the 6 sites, earlier circulated by BPI, were taken to court.