The Number of Requests for Piracy Sites to Be Blocked in the UK Has Been Dropping

By Shabana Arif on at

Despite being pretty heavy on blocking the shit out of everything fun on the internet, the UK has seen requests for ISPs to block pirate sites dwindle over the past few years.

Historically, the High Court has been ordering ISPs to block a slew of piracy sites, but since 2016 requests from the UK's BPI and MPA to block additional sites seems to have ground to a halt.

There are over 1,000 sites blocked currently, with each application request (unopposed) costing £14,000 per site, and a subsequent £3,600 annual fee to keep them blocked, so that may have something to do with it. Doing the maths, that's approximately one billion trillion pounds. At least.

TorrentFreak reached out to the BPI and MPA to find out why they've been less stringent when it comes to piracy and discovered that both organisations are using alternative methods that are more appropriate.

The MPA is apparently offering consumers a range of options to consume their content which appears to be helping, as well as referring criminal cases to local agencies.

"The MPA will continue to use this range of methods as appropriate in the UK as we do around the world. Ensuring that filmmakers everywhere are compensated for their work and that revenues can be reinvested in new productions continues to be the number one priority for the MPA,” a spokesperson said.

The BPI also commented on its "wide range of effective and complementary tools" it uses to combat piracy, with site blocking being just one component of these.

"The mix of techniques we use varies over time and reflects the most appropriate strategy for dealing with a given problem at a given time," the organisation said.

Weirdly, it seems that any new piracy sites popping up may just fly under the radar, and as TorrentFreak pointed out, Pirate Bay is still accessible, and of course there are always workarounds. Which we are not encouraging you to seek out.

In other internet news, the impending porn block is still delayed, but here's how to get around it when it finally rolls out.