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garyopa
05-03-2012, 08:45 PM
Virgin Media is the first one.

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The United Kingdom's High Court ruled that Pirate Bay must be blocked in UK. Virgin Media starts but traffic to the site has actually increased!

If you didn't know, The United Kingdom's High Court ruled on Monday that The Pirate Bay must be blocked by all local Internet services providers:



The ruling comes after a February decision that the site was infringing copyright in the United Kingdom. The UK entertainment industry has applauded the outcome.

"Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists," the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said in a statement.

Well, Virgin Media has become the first UK ISP to block the site. However, since that ruling, TorrentFreak reported that traffic to the site has actually increased!!



In fact, yesterday’s traffic beat The Pirate Bay’s best ever UK user number by a margin of over 12m extra unique visitors.

“We should write a thank you letter to the BPI,” a Pirate Bay worker stated, saying that the site took the opportunity to tell visitors how to overcome ISP blocks and that the publicity amounted to free advertising.


Looks like, The Pirate Bay’s owners urged UK users to circumvent ISP blockade:



The Pirate Bay's founders said that users can set up anonymous connections using a virtual provate network (VPN). Alternatively, they can use a closed private network of computers, known as a darknet, or change their DNS settings with OpenDNS.

“Don't forget that we can't allow this **** to happen,” said TPB in a statement on its website. “Next time they're coming for something else. And yes, there will be a next time if we don't stop them.”


Well, there you go. Apparently, -and so far- ISP providers Virgin, Sky, TalkTalk, O2 and Everything Everywhere have agreed to block the site, and BT is yet to declare its position.

NEWS SOURCE #1: http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/virgin-media-blocks-pirate-bay-but-site-traffic-rockets/095444
NEWS SOURCE #2: http://news.techworld.com/networking/3355269/pirate-bay-urges-uk-users-circumvent-isp-blockade/

Our thanks to 'Gauss' for this news story!

Jaz340
05-04-2012, 06:19 AM
I confirm Virgin Media has blocked this particular website ....... However only took about 20 seconds to bypass their block :D:D:D:D Whatever happened to freedom of choice i pay for it so i should be able to view what i like when i like ****you Virgin !!!!!!!!!

billysastard
05-04-2012, 06:48 AM
anyone affected by this abhorrent block can use this link (provided by a dutch political party) to bypass it.

http://thepiratebay.se.proxy.piratenpartij.nl/

gDrive
05-04-2012, 06:54 AM
anyone affected by this abhorrent block can use this link (provided by a dutch political party) to bypass it.

http://thepiratebay.se.proxy.piratenpartij.nl/

...and as everyone says:

"The law is always lagging behind the pace of technological developments".

garyopa
05-04-2012, 08:17 AM
...and as everyone says:

"The law is always lagging behind the pace of technological developments".

Well the next step, and they are already discussing it, to pass a law to make using VPN or proxies ILLEGAL.

tech3475
05-04-2012, 08:54 AM
I'm not surprised site traffic is up, either you have people checking when it's blocked or people quickly getting what they can.


Well the next step, and they are already discussing it, to pass a law to make using VPN or proxies ILLEGAL.

Please tell me you are joking or you have a reliable source.

garyopa
05-04-2012, 09:04 AM
I'm not surprised site traffic is up, either you have people checking when it's blocked or people quickly getting what they can.



Please tell me you are joking or you have a reliable source.

The only one so far is SOPA, if passed in the states, it would be crime to offer that type of service or provide tools to do so within the usa, or most likely allow usa clients to use your services if you caught charging them for it.



VPN restriction: Ahead of all such restrictions, SOPA also intends to block the use of VPN and proxy services along with myriad privacy software that allow the users to ensure anonymity while on the internet. An individual or a company accused of distributing any such service would be compelled to face legal battle with the United States Attorney General.


Just like the states raided megaupload, you could see in the possible future after SOPA is passed (which is highly unlikely this year being an election year), them raiding VPN operators after they grow a bit and make themselves a name.

billysastard
05-04-2012, 09:36 AM
dont use hidemyasss by the way since they are better known as sellyourass given that they keep identifiable logs and provide them to us authorities on request.

if you plan on using a vpn then air vpn are good, keep no logs, not american and accounts can even be paid for by bitcoin.

tech3475
05-04-2012, 11:16 AM
Just like the states raided megaupload, you could see in the possible future after SOPA is passed (which is highly unlikely this year being an election year), them raiding VPN operators after they grow a bit and make themselves a name.

They'll probably try in three years when they can try and pass the PRICK bill so they can get a job when they retire.

When it comes to modern politics, I can't help but think of this song for some reason:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIJesGBuRmg

Edit:
I just realised the three years thing was stupid, theyll probably try ASAP and put it in an anti-privacy, sorry, anti-terrorism bill.

God I'm starting to sound like something from the 60s.

MangoNerd
05-04-2012, 07:02 PM
I use hma (http://hidemyass.com/vpn/r5171:3/) to access pirate bay from the uk, it virtually makes you look like you're from another country.

alex38
05-18-2012, 02:23 AM
And I use PirateRay, works fine so far

billysastard
05-18-2012, 07:57 AM
I use hma (http://hidemyass.com/vpn/r5171:3/) to access pirate bay from the uk, it virtually makes you look like you're from another country.

thats asking for trouble, hma keeps logs and provides them to outside sources, thats why they got the name "sell your ass".