Illegally downloading files in America is very naughty and you may get told off. Over here in the UK, however, we are a bit more mean and take this sort of thing far more seriously…
Kickass Torrents, H33T and Fenopy will no longer be accessible in the United Kingdom after the High Court ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block access to them in much the same way as it did with The Pirate Bay last year. The case follows a complaint from the British Phonographic Industry with regard to copyright infringements.
“The growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music online without permission. Blocking illegal sites helps ensure that the legal digital market can grow and labels can continue to sign and develop new talent.”
Geoff Taylor, British Phonographic Industry Chief via BBC
(Personally I’m against piracy myself anyway but I still think growth in music sales would be enhanced by offering more competitive prices)
Critics of the BPI’s stance have already highlighted the fact that such measures are pretty ineffective against those who remain determined to use a service and anecdotal evidence suggests that the block on The Pirate Bay had little to no impact on music sales anyway.
Do you think this is the way to prevent piracy or is there another way that doesn’t involves lining the pockets of fat cat music execs?
photo: Preciosa Ornela