Pirate Bay file sharing workaround site Pirate Proxy has sidestepped UK ISP site bans with a new domain name.
Access to Pirate Proxy at pirateproxy.net and pirateproxy.in had previously been banned under the terms of a High Court order handed to the UK’s biggest ISPs, BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE.
New domain pirateproxy.bz was swiftly set up and at the time of writing at least one of these ISPs – BT – has not yet blocked it. Industry sources say that it’s only a matter of time before this site is blocked too.
Under the terms of the court order which saw The Pirate Bay blocked, ISPs are also required to block proxies, mirror sites and any other means of access to the original site. In other words, its highly likely that pirateproxy.bz will eventually be shuttered.
News of pirateproxy.in being blocked first emerged when piracy news site TorrentFreak posted a screengrab of a Virgin Media ‘access denied’ screen.
The UK’s biggest ISPs have been ordered by the courts to block access to KickassTorrents, ExtraTorrent, YTS/YIFY, TorrentReactor, BitSnoop and 1337x alongside PirateBay, meaning proxies and variants of these sites will eventually be blocked too.
Sources close to the matter confirmed that rights holders – including the BPI and MPA – regularly refresh and update the lists of banned sites and proxies meaning the Internet game of cat and mouse continues.
As well as blocking access to sites based all around the world, City of London police have set PIPCU – the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit – which is dedicated to busting file sharing operations that are based in the UK.
Earlier this month, a Manchester man was arrested for running a chain of illegal sports streaming sites and in August, a 20-year-old was questioned by detectives from the City of London Police before being released on bail, for allegedly allowing access to 36 websites that had been blocked for offering copyright-infringing content.