UK Blocks Torrent Sites

After the introduction of yet another anti-piracy ruling by the UK High Court, all of the country’s major internet providers including British Telecom, Sky, 02, Virgin, EE and TalkTalk have been forced to comply and block access to three more popular torrent websites.

UK residents can no longer enjoy freedom of access to the extremely popular KickassTorrents, H33T and Fenopy. This adds to the list of censored torrent websites in UK that had initially been headed by The Pirate Bay since the summer of 2012.

Kickasstorrents Blocked in UK
Messages like this are all too familiar to UK residents

The change in law had been pioneered by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), who still claim that online file-sharing is harmful to music sales. Unsurprisingly though, the ISP blocks have not deterred the British public from finding workarounds to accessing their favourite websites. Data gathered from Google Trends indicates a huge spike in searches with the terms “torrent sites” and “torrent proxy”, showing evidence that internet users are avidly looking for and finding alternatives to the censorship measures.

1. UK search volume for “Torrent Sites”

UK Torrent Sites Search

2. UK search volume for “Torrent Proxy”

UK Torrent Proxy Search

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