Sky have become the third UK internet service provider to prevent its users from accessing file-sharing site The Pirate Bay. This follows moves from Virgin Media and Everything Everywhere who have also taken similar action.
Earlier this year the High Court demanded the move following complaints from the British Phonographic Industry that The Pirate Bay was providing illegal download links to movies, music and other copyrighted media. In total, six ISPs were told to take action, and so far only the three mentioned above have fully implemented the block.
The remaining three are O2 and Talktalk who said that they are working to implement the ban, and BT has have been given extra time to make the necessary arrangements, although it is expected to act within the next two weeks.
It could be argued that it is well within Sky’s interests to see sites like The Pirate Bay shut down. Originally a broadcaster, becoming an ISP only happened in the last few years, so it is understandable that it would not want to devalue its primary service. A statement from Sky said:
“We have invested billions of pounds in high-quality entertainment for our customers because we know how much our customers value it. It’s therefore important that companies like ours do what they can, alongside the government and the rest of the media and technology industries, to help protect their copyright.”
O2 is expected to have acted by June 13th, by which time it will have blocked access to The Pirate Bay’s main site, as well as other alternative IP addresses that the BPI has proven to be used to access the service.