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More torrent proxies blocked by UK ISPs

Following on from yesterday's news that Dutch ISPs Ziggo and XS4All were entering their third year of fighting lobby groups in courts, comes the news that British ISPs have blocked a bunch of extra torrent site proxies which have sprung up in the wake of their initial blocks.

This happens every time: one site gets blocked, replacements and proxies for the original appear. Many sites even have aggregate collections of different proxies and their relative blocked status and there's always tens of them to choose from. Despite this, the lobby groups have sunk their teeth in and are going to shake that dead horse for as long as it wants, as the blocks keep on rolling in.

EZTV's block comes just days after it began funnelling traffic to an independent movie maker in LAOS to help fund her films

All six of the UK's biggest ISPs have now blocked the YTS (formerly YIFY) proxy site and EZTV's proxy portal took a hit too. No doubt by this time there are at least three replacements for each, if they weren't there already.

We asked you guys a few weeks ago how you were finding the blocks and whether your download habits had been affected. Your answer was a near unanimous, “no.” Clearly the lobby groups should do a little research of their own on how effective what they're doing actually is.

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KitGuru Says: If I'm getting bored of saying it, you must be getting bored of reading it: blocking doesn't work, except against the lightest of pirates. Better legal alternatives is the only real way to take an axe to piracy. [Thanks TorrentFreak]

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  1. It does seem pretty effective at funnelling visitors through randomly altered pages run by an unknown/untrusted third party. So there is an extra layer between the two which I wouldn’t be surprised if its being used to either gleam extra statistics on the sites or used to inject malware in some cases. I will give it to them that they have at least been that successful. However, Netflix, Spotify and Steam has largely replaced any such interest I used to have in those sites.

  2. “OH NOES!!!! I don’t know what I’m going to do … it now takes me just one more click to get on to my favourite torrent sites …. dunno if I can handle that .. one whole click!! It’s too much, I shall have to stop using torrent sites and get my movies and games legitimately despite them being horrifically overpriced and far too heavily taxed” … is what they want us to say ….. “LOL at your efforts to stop me. You simply make me more determined to get what I want for free” is what we are much more likely to say 😉

  3. “Clearly the lobby groups should do a little research”
    No no no, leave them alone, they’re having fun. They can turn around and say ‘we got this and this blocked’
    If they learned the truth, it would really make them sad.