Film Industry Web Blocking Order Targets Cyber ​​Locker

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By Chris Cooke | Posted on Wednesday February 16th, 2022

Another web blocking order has been issued by UK courts, this time following action by the film industry. The latest web blocking injunction targets another cyber locker service as the entertainment industry continues to expand the types of platforms it targets with its anti-piracy activity.

Web blocking, of course, is where copyright holders get court injunctions ordering internet service providers to block access to specific pirate websites. In countries where such injunctions are available, web blocking has become a favored anti-piracy tactic of the music and film industries, and no more so than in the UK.

The latest sites targeted by a web blocking injunction are Mixdrop.me and Mixdrop.co, which – despite having the same name – appear to be different services.

The first is an unlicensed movie streaming service, the second a cyberlocker that allows people to store and share digital files. Of course, the latter could be used for legitimate file storage and sharing, although film and TV companies that have requested this web block probably believe that it is primarily used for storing and sharing infringing video. Copyright.

Although the music and movie industries started complaining about the use of cyberlockers to distribute unlicensed content relatively early in their big old battle against online piracy, to date web blockages have tended to target file-sharing sites like The Pirate Bay or unlicensed streaming services. like Mixdrop.me.

That said, the music industry included a cyber locker in one of its web blocking actions last year, in this case Nitroflare which, according to BPI, was “deliberately designed to encourage and reward users to download music and other valuables. copyrighted material and unlawfully sharing links to it with others who may then illegally download it”.

Interestingly, the latest web block order has been requested by various film studios as well as Netflix and Sky. Meanwhile, the ISPs targeted by the web blocking order are BT, EE, Plusnet, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and, oh look, Sky.

Although these days ISPs in most countries – especially the UK – generally accept web blocking orders as a routine rights management chore, so even though Sky is on both sides of this action in court, the two sides of the company will not have really had to shout at each other.



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