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It has been announced that practical steps are now underway to stop people from accessing the world’s largest illegal file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay.

The news comes after the High Court ordered five of the biggest ISP’s (internet service providers) to block access to the site after legal action was started by BPI, the music industry body.  The five subject ISP’s are Everything Everywhere, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and O2

Virgin Media have already stated that they have begun to implement the order, which comes after a ruling issued by Mr. Justice Arnold in February of this year who stated that both users and operators of the file-sharing website were infringing on the copyright of music companies.

Executive director of the Open Rights Group, Jim Killock, said of the order, “Blocking The Pirate Bay is pointless and dangerous. It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic calls for internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremism.  Internet censorship is growing in scope and becoming easier. Yet it never has the effect desired. It simply turns criminals into heroes.”

A statement released by the people who run and own The Pirate Bay said that they will ‘stand united’ against any efforts to block people from gaining access to their site while other groups have expressed their concerns over the threat this move poses to online freedom and questioned the chances of success any efforts might have.

Torrent site The Pirate Bay is the world’s largest of its kind.o


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