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Friday, 4 November 2011

UK ARTS GROUPS TELL BT TO BLOCK ACCESS TO THE PIRATE BAY





Art lobby groups in the United Kingdom have demanded that internet provider BT block access of the infamous BitTorrent site, The Pirate Bay.

The Pirate Bay is a site that enables users to search and access copyright files, although not actually hosting them itself. The site was launched by a Swedish group of friends in 2003 and is one of the most known file-sharing sites available on the web. It includes the latest available content such as music, films and video games. 
The infamous logo of the illegal download giant
The site came under major media speculation in 2009, when Swedish courts found one of the co-owners guilty of helping people to bypass copyright controls. However the site still remains active and is still assisting millions of downloads daily.

Major music industry body BPI has stated that if BT does not comply with their demands legal action would begin. This comes after the recent High Court ruling, that forced BT to block the site Newbin 2, a members-only site that cataloged copyright material. 

BT have confirmed they are aware of the demands of BPI and will be considering a response shortly. They also have stated the requirement and presentation of a court order before they would proceed with any blocking of the site.

BPI's executive chief Geoff Taylor stated that sites like The Pirate Bay are heavily damaging on economic growth. He is supported by other bodies including The Motion Picture Association, Creative Coalition Campaign and The Publishers Association.


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