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U.S. authorities seize Kickass Torrents domains

por Kathie Reiter (2020-04-08)


1 year agoAlmost everybody loves to watch Movies. If you are having additional bucks to spare, you can purchase the DVD or rent it out & watch it. Though, there are many people who choose to download movies from torrent websites & watch them. There are many torrent websites which you can utilize for downloading your preferred movies for free.

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id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> No more illegal movie downloads for you! At least, you won't be able to find them anymore on Torrentz, one of the world's most expansive torrent search sites.

Whether the embargoes have any impact on piracy in the U.K., however, is unclear. The BBC reported today that it was given data on piracy from an unidentified source who has knowledge of piracy levels in the country, and that showed no change in overall piracy in the U.K. following The Pirate Bay's ban.

When you throw in the fact that US authorities arrested the alleged owner of KAT in July and seized seven domains associated with the site, blocking access to those sites, there's plenty still up in the air.

But not all. Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy are the only torrent sites you won't be able to access using the above ISPs, thanks to a High Court order earlier this year, The Inquirer reports. The ban started yesterday, but will it really stop nogoodniks?

TPG, Optus, Telstra and Foxtel (with its ISP hat on) are currently facing off in the Federal Court against music rights holders, including Universal Music and Sony Music, over the content industry's bid to block access to Kickass Torrents. It's an early test case in the use of Australia's new website blocking laws, and one that could shape the way you use the internet.

BT, Sky Broadband, Virgin Media, O2 Broadband, EE -- formerly known as Everything Everywhere, the parent company of T-Mobile U.K. and Orange U.K. -- and TalkTalk, were sent letters by the trade group last week, according to the BBC News, which first reported the story. The BPI's letter requests sites be blocked on the grounds they are allegedly illegally distributing music.

Screenshot by Claire Reilly/CNET The rights holders submitted a list of domains to the Federal Court, but midway through legal proceedings, this was replaced with a new list in which the original domains had been struck out or replaced with new URLs.

The High Court order came about because of a request from nine major record labels, led by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). They cited Section 97A of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act, and asked BT, EE, O2, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to stop letting users access the sites. It's not known whether Sky, EE and TalkTalk will follow suit and block torrent sites in future.

The research goes into detail about the different access methods and services available to Australians, and was based on research across services like Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Foxtel, Stan and Spotify. The team looked at pricing and availability of 3,880 films, 1,298 television series, 6,118 albums and 346 console games during one month of 2017.

The total block list from both rights holders includes 66 separately-listed websites, though many of them (including sites like Putlocker) appear under the same name with different URLs. In total, 209 domains (many of them URLs that differ by just a few letters or numbers) are set to be blocked.

Movies are always in demand and the internet is helping them to sustain their place. Thanks to the innovative technology that let movies to be played on the PC you are simply capable of having a whole movie collection right on your desktop.

This is the main criticism of site-blocking: Opponents argue it's a blunt tool that does little to curb copyright infringement. As soon as one domain is blocked, the infringing site pops up elsewhere, leaving ISPs to play a game of whack-a-mole to make sure all the domains are blocked.

I can see why music labels and film studios are so protective of their copyright, but is blocking sites really the answer? It won't stop someone googling and finding another site hosting torrents. And while three of the biggest might be out of action -- only on some ISPs, remember -- it'll just drive traffic to the others, helping them grow, until they're big enough to be the target of a court order, and the whole process starts again. It's like playing whack-a-mole.

Screenshot by Samantha Rhodes/CNET The site mysteriously disabled its search function on Thursday without warning, according to copyright news site TorrentFreak. All you see right now when you visit the site is a single line: "Torrentz will always love you. Farewell."

Last year, Foxtel and Roadshow jointly won a bid to block The Pirate Bay, alongside other torrenting sites. In April this year, the Federal Court also ordered Aussie ISPs to block torrenting site Kickass Torrents (though in that case, Foxtel appeared in the case as a responding ISP, thanks to its double-threat role as content producer and internet provider).