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More web-block circumventing proxies blocked

By | Published on Thursday 16 July 2015


Several more domain names have been added to the big fat web-block list in the UK, the ever-observant Torrentfreak has noted. The new additions are all proxy sites that help users circumvent existing blockades.

As much previously reported, web-blocking has become a favoured anti-piracy tactic for the British music and movie industries. The content creators secure injunctions forcing internet service providers to stop their customers from accessing websites that are clearly and rampantly infringing copyright, or enabling and encouraging others to infringe.

Which is all well and good, except that as soon as a site is blocked, so called proxies spring up that enable people to circumvent the blockades, most of which are easily found via a quick Google search. Which means the content owners need to keep getting the proxies blocked too, with the latest list including domains helping users to access previously blocked sites like Torrentz and ExtraTorrent.

Needless to say, new proxies are already appearing for those sites, though rights owners say that the web-blocks are still a good way to make people aware that certain content services are illegal, and to make it harder to find unlicensed content. Though off the record they concede that the whole thing would by much more effective if Google could be persuaded or forced to proactively delist blocked sites and any proxies pointed at them.