UK ISPs Block Torrentz and ExtraTorrent Proxy Sites
The copyright lobby groups have managed to have UK ISPs add several new domain names to the piracy blocklist – this time mostly proxy and mirror versions of previously blocked sites including Torrentz and ExtraTorrent.
Among other sites that were caught up in this latest round of blocks include Sumotorrent, Picktorrent, Seedpeer, Torlock, Torrentbit, Movie25, Watchseries, G2G, RnBXclusive, Viooz, Rapidlibrary, Fenopy, KickassTorrents and many more.
More than 100 websites have been blocked over the past few years in the UK in a bid to facilitate copyright infringement. The blocks have proved effective to some extent, as they curtail the visitor numbers by preventing users who access the domains directly. But the effect is almost negligible as the websites appear again soon, thanks to reverse proxies which let people bypass the blocks put in place by ISPs.
The same happened in case of this new blockade where ExtraTorrent has already launched a new mirror site and is accessible as ever.
The main domains of Torrentz and ExtraTorrent were initially blocked back in 2013 after the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) obtained a High Court order. The music group told TorrentFreak that the latest Torrentz and ExtraTorrent blocks were just an update to the original ones.
“The High Court has declared that ExtraTorrent and Torrentz are operating unlawfully and infringing copyright,” a BPI spokesperson told TF. “The Court Order which requires ISPs to block the sites also requires BPI to notify the ISPs of changes to the sites.”
On the other hand, ExtraTorrent told the file-sharing news site that they did see a slight dip in traffic following the new blocks. But since the launch of the new mirror, their UK traffic has picked up again “and still growing.”
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.