The UK’s major internet service providers have been asked to block three more file-sharing websites, the BBC can reveal.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which acts on behalf of rights holders, wants ISPs to prevent access to Fenopy, H33t and Kickass Torrents.
The BPI alleges that the sites are illegally distributing music.
The ISPs told the BBC they would comply with the new demand, but only if a court order is put in place.
Jim Killock, a campaigner with the Open Rights Group, argued that consumers’ interests were not being properly represented.
“Web blocking is an extreme response,” he told the BBC.
“If courts are being asked to block websites they need to be taking into consideration the rights of users and any legitimate usage of those sites.
“It isn’t clear whether a conversation between a judge, ISPs and rights holders is going to sufficiently represent the needs of users.”
Critics of website blocking say it is ineffective.
See the graph in the article – “According to Nielsen, traffic to The Pirate Bay site has dropped by three quarters since a court order it to be blocked in the UK. Source: Nielsen Net Ratings” – I can only presume that Nielsen’s measurements are not worthwhile.