Virgin Media one of the first ISPs to block Pirate Bay
# May 3, 12:23 AM by Mick
Virgin Media was one of the first main Internet Service Providers yesterday to block access to filesharing site, The Pirate Bay. Virgin Media along with it’s rivals such as BT and Sky were given a court order on Monday, to block access to the site which was deemed by a court ruling, that it breached Copyright laws.
Some of our Virgin Media forum members, on our own forums, have condemned the move by it’s ISP, that this is the start of a new era of internet censorship and there is more of this to come, however, Virgin Media have defended the blocking, by saying it was a responsible ISP but also said in a statement to The Guardian online, that it “strongly believes that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives, such as our agreement with Spotify, to give consumers access to great content at the right price.”
Virgin Media broadband customers who attempt to connect to the website are taken to a holding page which informs them that it has blocked the site.
Sorry, the web page you have requested is not available through Virgin Media.
Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site in order to help protect against copyright infringement.
BT and Sky have yet to block access – that said however, some Virgin Media broadband users have found ways of getting around the block and whether those of us who agree or disagree with such political rulings or court orders, the simple truth remains, you shut one website operation down with the full force of the law, another 100 start up elsewhere.