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    Premier League seeks ISP site block in piracy swoop

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      Premier League seeks ISP site block in piracy swoop

      BBC News - Premier League seeks ISP site block in piracy swoop
      The Premier League is to request a court order forcing internet service providers to block a popular football streaming website before the next season.

      The League wants ISPs to cut off access to FrontRow1.eu, which operates from Sweden.

      The BBC understands none of the ISPs plan to challenge the court order.

      If successful, the action will be the first non-music-related site block in the UK.

      The Premier League's move follows a precedent set by the BPI music industry body, which has been successful in having several piracy websites blocked in the UK, most notably the Pirate Bay.

      In those cases, ISPs have stood firm and insisted they would only take action if ordered to do so by the courts.

      The UK's major ISPs each received a letter from the Premier League outlining a possible court order, and were given a deadline of Friday to signal any intent to challenge the action.

      When approached by the BBC, none of the ISPs would comment specifically on the Premier League's planned action, but all reiterated that blocking of sites would not be done voluntarily.

      'Conflicts of interest'
      The situation raises additional issues for BT, as from next season it will be a major distributor of Premier League football through its new sports TV channels.

      BT has paid 246m for rights to show Premier League football, while Sky paid 760m for its portion of the coverage.

      Sky's ISP operation has historically been seen as taking a more sympathetic stance with copyright holders requesting the blocking of sites, whereas BT has in the past taken such battles to court on behalf of the ISP industry as a whole.

      Jim Killock, of the Open Rights Group, said he worried that conflicted interests might lead to the blocking process becoming less transparent.

      "All of the major ISPs now have differing degrees of conflicts of interest," he told the BBC.

      "Sky, BT, Virgin and TalkTalk all supply televisions services now, so we have to expect that there will be more reluctance to be as transparent as they have been in the past."

      Mr Killock also expressed concern that as the process for granting court orders gets quicker, it may lead to sites being wrongly blocked out.

      "It's possible that very legitimate services will at some point be attacked by one of these orders.

      "Our main concern here is that these orders should be considered slowly, and they should be subject to much more public review."

      FirstRow1.eu did not respond to the BBC's request for comment.


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      Re: Premier League seeks ISP site block in piracy swoop

      Not surprised by this in the slightest and you can hardly blame them but they are fighting a losing battle. For every site they block another 10 will spring up.

      They have blocked the piratebay and kickasstorrents but anyone with the slightest bit of web knowledge can get round that in 2 clicks on the mouse.

      I have sky sports and soon BT sports so I have no need to stream those games but I will admit that I have on occasion streamed 3pm games from these websites. I don't see that as doing any harm because they are not available anywhere to view in the UK.

      I hadn't heard of firstrow.eu so I would like to thank the EPL for tipping me off about another site. I will just add that to my bookmarks.

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      Re: Premier League seeks ISP site block in piracy swoop

      For me this kind of blocking serves no purpose what so ever.

      As you correctly point out, it doesn't take anyone with a little bit of knowledge long to circumvent these blocks.

      Personally I'm not really interested in watching football so I guess that since they want to block it, it must be a good service.

      As the article points out though, if none of the major ISPs choose to defend access to the site, then it shows complete bias towards the Premier League and nothing to do with being independent.

      Good bye Net Neutrality for the UK.

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      Re: Premier League seeks ISP site block in piracy swoop

      Yes, the internet as we have known it is about to end. Even Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the web, said that "they" are taking over the web he created. I think he was referring to the NSA leaks, but any form of web control of this type is wrong.

      I have scaled back my internet usage to be honest. I am acclimating myself to being without it.

     

     

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