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ISPs: Pirate Site Blocking Threatens Freedom of Expression

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa believes that site blocking isn’t the right answer to piracy. The group describes the measure as “limited” and “blunt,” while stressing that it could threaten people’s rights to freedom of expression and access to information. Online piracy is an international problem for the content industries, one that’s […]

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ISPs Block BitTorrent Traffic Despite EU Net Neutrality Regulation

A new study shows that some large ISPs in Europe are actively blocking BitTorrent traffic on mobile networks. One ISPs even terminates BitTorrent traffic completely. According to the researchers, the targeted practices violate EU’s net neutrality regulation, adopted a few years ago. When the European Parliament adopted Europe’s first net neutrality rules in 2015, some […]

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UK ISPs Stop Sending Copyright Infringement Notices

For more than two years, major UK ISPs have been sending out copyright infringement notices to subscribers caught sharing content using BitTorrent. The voluntary scheme, run by rightsholders, had ambitions to educate ‘pirates’ to buy from legitimate sources. TorrentFreak can today confirm that ISPs have stopped forwarding notices after the program was terminated by the […]

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Russia Says its ISPs Currently Block More Than 9,500 Pirate Sites

Six years ago this week, Russia introduced new copyright amendments which would allow rightsholders to have pirate sites blocked by local ISPs. To mark the anniversary, telecoms watch Roscomnadzor has revealed that its currently blocking 9,500 copyright-infringing sites, almost double the amount revealed last year. On August 1, 2013, Russia implemented new legislation which allowed […]

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French ISPs Ordered to Block Sci-Hub and LibGen

The High Court of Paris has ordered several of the largest French ISPs to block access to the pirate libraries LibGen and Sci-Hub. The decision is a setback for the sites that have come under increasing pressure, but Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan believes that determined researchers are smart enough to find an alternative route to […]

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ISPs: We’re Definitely Not the Internet Police, Until We Decide We Should Be

On several occasions over the years, TorrentFreak has reported on file-sharing platforms being blocked by ISPs, apparently for no reason at all. On later examination, however, we’ve discovered that organizations such as the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation charity have sometimes collaborated with ISPs to implement blocks, after child exploitation material was found on online platforms. […]