Access blocked! 500 sites so far-- and more if you count all the mirrors and proxies
This note about blocking injunctions provides at the end what I hope is a very helpful link for those of you interested in this subject. I used to be able to count the number of websites blocked by UK ISPs by order of the High Court on one hand, but I couldn’t do that with all my digits nowadays unless I was an Illacme plenipes (warning, link contains bugs).
Copyright, Designs and PatentsAct 1988 and s.37(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981. The blocks cover BitTorrent trackers; streaming sites; websites selling counterfeit products; and Popcorn Time sites. Music, film, sports matches, luxury goods and eBooks are protected. The burden on the ISPs is ever growing.
A complete list of the blocks, and the judgments and orders which granted them, is hard to find. The UK ISP Court Orders website, registered to internet service provider BT, has a good list. There are also lists on the websites of BT's competitors Sky and Virgin Media. I could not find one for EE. TalkTalk, however, has what appears to be the most comprehensive.
In addition to blocking the main sites which have been the subject of blocking injunction applications, ISPs are also required to block mirror and proxy versions of the sites, as and when they arise and are notified by rights holders. TalkTalk’s list, which includes at least some of these sites as well, has 500 different sites listed. For ebookee.net, one of the first eBook websites to be blocked, TalkTalk lists at least 13 domains, including ebookee.net.prx.proxyunblocker.org, ebookee.net.prx.proxywebsite.co.uk, ebookee.net.prx.torrentunblock.com, and ebookee.net.prx2.unblocksit.es.
As might be expected, all of these lists are consumer-, not lawyer-focused, so I have created my own more legal-friendly list, with links to all of the freely available law reports and a few words of commentary on each. You can access it here, on the Simmons & Simmons’ elexica website – and I will endeavour to keep it up to date as the jurisdiction continues to rise.
The ultimate block?