UK mobile operators to begin blocking access to piracy sites


British music industry body the BPI is celebrating this morning after securing an expansion of the UK’s regime for blocking music piracy sites and apps.

Over the past decade, judgements in the UK’s High Court have forced fixed-line broadband ISPs to block more than 70 sites and apps, but these blocks never applied to mobile operators. Now that’s changing, with operator EE the first to begin blocking.

“Mobile data connections are faster and more reliable than ever, and a quarter of people now connect to the internet over 3G, 4G and 5G rather than broadband and wi-fi. That growth brings with it the risk of increased music piracy,” said BPI general counsel Kiaron Whitehead.

Telco-level blocking is a complicated business though: TorrentFreak has been testing out EE’s blocking on day one, with mixed results: some sites refused to load, while others (notably including The Pirate Bay) are still fine.

Written by: Stuart Dredge