53 websites added to UK piracy blacklist

The UK High Court has added 53 file-sharing websites to a list of those to be blocked by Internet Service Providers for facilitating copyright infringement.

Sites listed include BitSoup, watchseries.lt, Stream TV, IP Torrents, Isohunt, Sumotorrent, Torrentdb, Torrentfunk, Torrentz, Tor Movies, Warez BB and Rapid Moviez. The total number of blocked sites now totals 93 since the first restrictions were imposed in 2012.

The major ISPs – BT, Virgin, TalkTalk, Sky, EE and O2 – are expected to abide by the ruling.

The move follows a complaint was filed by the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

“Securing court orders requiring ISPs to block access to illegal websites is an accepted and legitimate measure to tackle online copyright infringement,” commented Chris Marcich, the MPA’s EMEA president and managing director.

“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,” he added.

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