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The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) have bagged themselves another court order against websites that engage in copyright infringement. As of today, the UK’s six biggest ISPs will have to block 21 websites and torrents.
That includes TorrentHound and sharing platforms BeeMP3, Mp3Raid and FilesTube.
Last year, the BPI successfully got ISPs to agree to block The Pirate Bay and another three torrent websites. However, what they didn’t manage is to stop people from getting access to them through a proxy.
There’s also a Streisand Effect going on as well, with the BPI giving often unheard of sites huge amounts of publicity.
“We asked the sites to stop infringing copyright but unfortunately they did not and we were left with little choice but to apply to the court,” said Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive. “The judge considered the evidence and declared that ISPs should not serve access to them.”
The websites which became inaccessible in the UK include Abmp3, BeeMP3, Bomb-Mp3, eMp3World, FileCrop, FilesTube, Mp3Juices, Mp3lemon, Mp3Raid, Mp3skull, NewAlbumReleases, Rapidlibrary, 1337x, BitSnoop, ExtraTorrent, Monova. TorrentCrazy, TorrentDownloads, TorrentHound, Torrentreactor and Torrentz.
This will be no problem for anyone who knows how to use a search engine to get an answer for a commonly asked question, so well done to the BPI.
Over in Americaland, people are paying for Netflix subscriptions in droves. In fact, recently, Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers from 1.7 to 3.3 million.
In total, there’s 22.8 million people, paying to stream movies in the US.
Does this mean movie piracy is on the wane? Of course, there are still torrent sites knocking around, but it seems that Netflix have hit on a model that is superior to the illegal counterpart.
And with it doing so well, it appear that Netflix has an eye on spreading itself around the world. Like Spotify seemed to answer the need for people who wanted music online, Netflix appears to be doing the same for film.
Do you want to see it on these shores or are you happy streaming and downloading from sites that are, shall we say, residing in a legal grey area?
The makers of the Oscar-winning flick The Hurt Locker are going to sue people. Yep, they’ve joined a scheme that yells ‘pay up or else’ and will target tens of thousands of U.S. BitTorrent users (that’s if the ISPs are willing to co-operate that is).
The war film has been a huge success on torrent sites. The day after the movie bagged an Oscar or two, ‘the hurt locker’ was the most typed in search phrase on torrents and obviously, download numbers skyrocketed.
However, what is sticking in the craw of the makers is that, despite success with awards, the U.S box office revenue has been relatively low at $16.4 million. In an attempt to increase the film’s revenue, the makers are now going to sue thousands of downloaders. Expect a letter later in the month.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the team behind the film have signed up for the services of the U.S. Copyright Group, who will launch a mass lawsuit targeted at tens of thousands of Hurt Locker sharers. All infringers that have been identified thus far were asked to settle the dispute, or face further legal action.
“You can guess that relative to the films we’ve pursued already, the order of magnitude is much higher with Hurt Locker,” said Thomas Dunlap, a lawyer at the U.S. Copyright Group. Dunlap also said that 75 percent of ISPs have cooperated thus far and that 40% of the BitTorrent users that were targeted early this year have already settled.
Naturally, the Copyright Group aren’t being altruistic. The ‘pay up or else’ scheme is sees them taking 70 percent of the ‘winnings’. This action will invariably hit snag after snag and will no doubt meet great opposition.