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    Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

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      Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies
      Several UK Internet providers have quietly expanded their secretive anti-piracy blocklists after the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and FACT asked for several proxy sites to be added. Among the new URLs are eztvproxy.net and eztv.da****z.com, sites that allow blocked subscribers to access the TV-torrent site EZTV. As with previous changes, the movie studios and the ISPs have not disclosed which sites are being banned.

      Following a series of High Court orders, six UK ISPs are required to block subscriber access to several of the world’s largest torrent sites. The blocks are effective, at least in preventing subscribers from accessing the domains directly, but that doesn’t mean that the sites are completely inaccessible.

      With every site that is added to the blocklist, several reverse proxies are launched. These proxy sites give people access to the blocked sites and effectively bypass the restrictions that were put in case by the court.

      TV-torrent site EZTV is the latest target of the UK blocking spree. The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and FACT applied for a court order to render the site inaccessible and at the end of July UK providers complied.

      At the same time, however, several EZTV proxies popped up. In addition, EZTV redirected UK visitors to a special landing page with instructions on how to circumvent the blockades, although this was soon blocked as well.

      Needless to say, the movie studios are not pleased with the proxies and TorrentFreak learned this week that they have asked the Internet providers to block these too.

      A few days ago eztvproxy.net and eztv.da****z.com became inaccessible on several ISPs and anti-piracy group FACT confirmed that they are behind these recent changes.

      “We have notified some proxies,” FACT informed TorrentFreak after we inquired about the blocked sites.

      The new proxy blockades are currently live on BSkyB, BT and O2 and the other providers are expected to follow suit. Previously, the music industry applied for a similar expansion blocking several proxies pointing to The Pirate Bay, H33t and KickassTorrents.

      The full range of sites added during the latest update remains a mystery for now – neither the movie studios nor the ISPs make these public.

      The question remains, however, how effective these new blockades will be. There are still many alternative proxies up and running and with every one that’s blocked, new sites will appear.

      It’s possible that the movie industry hopes people will eventually grow tired of finding alternatives and give up. In line with this strategy, FACT told TorrentFreak that they will ask the court for additional orders in the future to block more infringing sites.

      “We have made it clear that we will seek action against sites that continue to provide unremitting mass access to infringing content following due legal process,” FACT said.

      And so the Whack-a-Mole continues.


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      Re: Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      My favourite proxy stopped working recently and gives me nice blocked by Sky message now so I moved onto another. Ho-Hum!

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      Re: Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      Shortly after I cross-posted the above article a friend sent me a text say that Sky had blocked her KAT proxy.

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      Re: Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      Shortly after I cross-posted the above article a friend sent me a text say that Sky had blocked her KAT proxy.
      Her own actual proxy or the one she used?

      I don't want to put ideas into anyone's head but if they are really serious about stopping piracy why don't they take out injunctions to block the trackers not just the torrent sites?

      I know these are public trackers that anyone can use and doing this would block lots of legitimate usage too, but the people behind this don't seem to care about that anyway!

      Are they winning these cases because basically no-one is defending these sites, but an open/public tracker would be defended by the EFF, etc so they are just picking easy targets for now?

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      Re: Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      Are they winning these cases because basically no-one is defending these sites, but an open/public tracker would be defended by the EFF, etc so they are just picking easy targets for now?
      I think you are correct, if not why is Google, Bing etc not being blocked? They hold addresses for more illegal downloads than all the pirate sites put together.

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      Re: Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      It was the KAT proxy site, not her own.

      Whilst there are no doubt a few people who are against torrents, when you look at the technology behind it and many other aspects, it is actually quite a good system. Also they are a useful way to send large files to a friend or relative. All it takes is a slight blip, and you would otherwise have to start transferring the file all over again otherwise.

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      Re: Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie View Post
      It was the KAT proxy site, not her own.

      Whilst there are no doubt a few people who are against torrents, when you look at the technology behind it and many other aspects, it is actually quite a good system. Also they are a useful way to send large files to a friend or relative. All it takes is a slight blip, and you would otherwise have to start transferring the file all over again otherwise.
      Some of the file upload sites support download resuming, especially if you use a download manager. Although this may only be on the paid for versions.

      But torrents aren't the most efficient way for sending files to a single user from a single user. Torrents are best for sending from a single user to multiple others. Or at least this is my experience - I've found FTP to be much quicker than torrent-ing to send a file to a family member living abroad.

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      Re: Movie Studios Get UK ISPs to Block Torrent Site Proxies

      Yes FTP can be better. The software often allows 'resume' to be used too, should the connection drop at either end, but would need to be done manually in my experience.

      There are some other issues to this though. You will need to grant access to your NAS for the person concerned. This may not always be desirable. Sure you can limit access, but it does depend on what else is in the same folder/section.

      The point of sharing the file between multiple people is a very valid reason to support a torrent approach too.

      In the last few months I have used a variety of different methods to share files. The reason for the differences were due to who I was sharing them with, the size of the file/s and the type of file. Not everyone can use torrent software (i.e. at work) so there are good reasons for the different approaches.

      To permanently stop torrents though would IMHO be a disaster.

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