53 websites added to piracy blacklist
So what is under the kosh now?
Sites include BitSoup, watchseries.lt, Stream TV, IP Torrents, Isohunt, Sumotorrent, Torrentdb, Torrentfunk, Torrentz, Tor Movies, Warez BB and Rapid Moviez. There's now 93 sites blocked in the UK since the powers that be started locking things down in 2012.
Those already blocked include The Pirate Bay, First Row Sports, TorrentFreak, MegaShare, Watch Free Movies, bittorrent and Stream TV. Basically, within this article, you've got a who's who of everything you could ever want if you like streaming live sports and getting free music, films and TV shows from the States.
Of course, canny readers will know how to circumnavigate these blocks and the less knowledgeable probably didn't use them in the first place, so it isn't clear what this achieves, other than keeping some movie studios and record companies happy.
BT, Virgin, TalkTalk, Sky, EE and O2 will inevitably all go along with this ruling.
Chris Marcich of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) filed the initial complaint and said: "Securing court orders requiring ISPs to block access to illegal websites is an accepted and legitimate measure to tackle online copyright infringement."
"It carefully targets sites whose sole purpose is to make money off the back of other people’s content while paying nothing back into the legitimate economy."