Yesterday, record industry trade body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) secured a Court Order forcing UK ISPs such as Sky and BT to block a further 21 file-sharing websites deemed to be committing copyright infringement.
The blacklisting of file-sharing websites, which began with The Pirate Bay is on the increase following a number of high-profile cases brought by the BPI and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in recent years. The MPAA recently obtained a similar judgement against file-sharing website IsoHunt.
BPI chief Geoff Taylor confirmed that the organisation had attempted to work with the blocked websites before bringing Court proceedings, but all had refused. Taylor said:
“We asked the sites to stop infringing copyright but unfortunately they did not and we were left with little choice but to apply to the court”
Given the ease with which file-sharing websites are set-up, the LitigationSpy expects many more cases to be heard by the UK Courts in the coming years in an attempt to stem the tide of music and film piracy.