Free Netflix, Sky TV and Prime Video sites blocked in the UK
The ongoing piracy clampdown continues, with scores of websites that offered free and illegal access to content from Netflix, Sky TV, Prime Video now blocked. The latest crackdown will see people in the UK who use major broadband providers like BT, EE, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and Plusnet barred from accessing these piracy sites – including one called TorrentGalaxy, which attracts around 17 million visits a month.
The block comes after Netflix and other major Hollywood studios lobbied for a court order from the High Court. The Squid Game makers are part of the Motion Picture Association (MPA), which is a group of major entertainment brands including Disney, Warner Bros and Paramount who are regularly at the forefront of efforts to block piracy websites.
The MPA has been involved in getting hundreds of piracy websites blocked, and are showing no signs of slowing down their efforts to crackdown on internet piracy.
The latest High Court injunction the MPA obtained has blocked some major torrent sites, including the aforementioned TorrentGalaxy – which is one of the top 10 most popular torrent sites for 2022.
Other torrent sites that have been blocked in the UK are Zooqle and MagnetDL, which get around five million and six million visits each month respectively, TorrentFreak reported.
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The latest round of blocks targets some of the biggest torrent portals around that so far have evaded efforts to bar users from accessing these sites. Other domains that can’t be visited anymore in the UK include TorrentLeech, which is a members-only page, and GloTorrents.
This site receives around 1.3million visits each month, so it’s not as big a player as some of the other pages that have now been blocked.
However, almost a third (30 percent) of traffic to GloTorrents is from the UK, which is why it’s in the crosshairs of the High Court order. If you’re wondering which sites now can’t be accessed in the UK then you can find the full list below.
Besides being illegal to access copyrighted content without paying for it, visiting torrent websites poses plenty of other risks – including downloading malware that can harm a PC, identity theft and more.
Speaking about the dangers of illegal downloads, Kieron Sharp – CEO of anti-piracy organisation FACT, previously said: “While it’s good to see that so many people are aware of the illegality of piracy, there appears to be a lack of understanding about the very real risks consumers face, with many unwittingly putting themselves in danger as a result.
“Identity theft, fraud and exposure to malware and viruses as a result of piracy are all too real. I’d ask anyone who is considering turning to illegal content to think twice about whether it’s worth risking giving criminals access to your devices and bank accounts.”
IS IT ILLEGAL TO STREAM MOVIES, TV SHOWS OR SPORTS FOR FREE?
Streaming movies, TV shows or sports that you should be paying for to watch is illegal.
It violates the copyright holders rights and can end up costing you far more in the long-run – with cases of rights holders in the past getting in touch with people that illegally streamed their content and demanding hefty damages.
Besides the legal dangers, watching illegal free streams online poses other risks. Free movie and TV show sites can be filled with dangerous malware that you may download onto your device without even realising it.
Malware can lead to the performance of your device being seriously slowed down, while malicious software can also lead to your sensitive personal or financial data being stolen.
Besides illegal streaming websites, IPTV devices are another popular piracy tool. IPTV stands for internet protocol television, and as the name suggests this is a TV service delivered over the internet.
There are legal IPTV services out there (such as Sky’s contract-free NOW service) but there are also plenty of illicit IPTV offerings.
And the latter illegal services pose some surprise dangers, such as graphic content like violent horror movies or pornography being displayed alongside movies or TV shows that children would want to watch.
So if you have youngsters in your house using an illegal IPTV service can open kids up to content you wouldn’t want them viewing.
The Motion Picture Association is heavily involved in blocking pirate websites
FULL LIST OF TORRENT WEBSITES RECENTLY BLOCKED
Netflix is one of the big Hollywood names taking the fight to internet pirates
Dozens of torrent websites have now been blocked in the UK
Make no mistake about it – watching copyrighted content for free is illegal
Published at Sun, 06 Mar 2022 07:01:00 +0000
Free Netflix, Sky TV and Prime Video piracy sites used by millions now blocked in the UK