The 93 websites British surfers are banned from viewing
The number of piracy websites being blocked by British ISPs has grown to 93, with 53 new sites added to the blacklist in the past week.
Britain’s leading ISPs are in the process of removing access to the sites, 32 of which were from a single request made by the Motion Picture Association.
The High Court orders only apply to Britain’s six biggest broadband providers: BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media. Smaller ISPs are not required to implement the blacklists. Customers of the bigger ISPs can often employ workarounds to regain access to the sites, many of which quickly deploy mirror sites to circumvent the bans in the first place.
According to a report on TorrentFreak, the latest order is the first to bar access to private torrent sites, where the download links are only made available to members. These include sites such as IPTorrents.com, BitSoup.me and TorrentDay.com.
The broadband providers first started blacklisting piracy sites in 2012, when The Pirate Bay was the first to be outlawed under the provisions made in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act.
The full list of sites now blocked in the UK is listed here on Wikipedia. It includes piracy sites, as well as those blocked for other reasons, such as infringing the copyright of luxury goods brands.