It appears that media rights groups are still convinced that blocking sites or terminating accounts is the way to go in regards to the thriving P2P scene on today's Internet.
It all started with the blocking of the torrent indexing site The Piratebay last year in the UK. The move backfired heavily though, not only did traffic to the site increase, likely due to increased media coverage, but it also saw the creation of so-called proxy websites that enabled users from the UK to bypass the block and access the site like before.
News broke this week that three additional torrent indexing sites, KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy, are no longer reachable for customers of major UK Internet Service Providers BT, Virgin Media, O2 or Be There.
Users from the UK who try to access the sites in question will receive information that the pages have been blocked. The message is different depending on which provider is being used, but all state that the providers comply with the law to block those sites.
As usual, there are several ways to bypass the block and access those sites. I think it is interesting to note that the blocking prevents the sites in question from informing UK citizens about their point of view on the whole issue as those affected cannot access the information posted on those sites.
So what works to bypass the block?
There are probably hundreds of options out there to access those sites. Some may go down in the coming weeks or months while others, like the Tor Network, Opera or VPNs won't.
The blocking continues and more and more sites do get blocked in the UK or other countries, often without the proper legal way or giving admins or owners of blocked sites an option to express their point of view on the matter or postpone the blocking until a decision has been made in court.
The options listed above do work quite well for all of those situations though.
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