The last remaining UK ISP court ordered to cut all lines to thepiratebay.se has set up its futile blockade. BT’s finally joined Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Orange, and Virgin in the BPI-championed action against The Pirate Bay, not that it makes any difference.
Now that every major UK-wide ISP has implemented its block, we’ll get to see if the BPI and big media will force our ISPs into that game of IP address whac-a-mole TPB’s been preparing for. It’ll be interesting to see if they have to go back to court each time for every IP address TPB spits out, and if so, how long they can keep that up. It can’t be cheap going to court time after time to get yet another court order.
Considering alternate IP addresses aren’t the only method of getting around the blockade — you’ve got VPNs, proxies, mirrors and an assortment of other tools — all this blocking business really does seem totally pointless.