BT have finally complied with April’s High Court Ruling ordering ISPs to cut off access to The Pirate Bay. However, users of the controversial file-sharing site have claimed that the blockade has already been circumvented.
Earlier this year TalkTalk, Sky, Virgin Media, O2 and Everything Everywhere denied their customers from accessing the site following copyright complaints lead by the British Phonographic Industry.
Despite the fact that BT also cut their customers off from numerous proxy sites used to access The Pirate Bay, a representative of the UK Pirate Party – a political group opposed to the bans – told the BBC that more proxy sites had been made available “within minutes”.
The Pirate Party spokesman also made mention of the effect the publicity surrounding this situation has had on their own operation:
“This increased traffic isn’t just about The Pirate Bay; it seems that the proxy has sparked an interest in the Pirate Party itself, and we are seeing a significant uptick in membership and people navigating the rest of the site.”
He went on to explain his party’s anger at the way the High Court Ruling came into effect, saying:
“Blocks on Pirate Bay have effectively short-circuited the democratic process. Our internet policy is not being run by our elected representatives, it is being dictated by the music industry.”
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