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BT has glued shut conventional access to The Pirate Bay in the UK, which means all the major ISPs in Blighty have now complied with a High Court judge's order to block thepiratebay.se from their networks. Virgin Media was the first to comply with the order and O2-owner Telefonica, TalkTalk, Everything Everywhere and BSkyB all …

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MJI
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Still up on Demon

Perhaps I should ask BT for my Migration Access Codes

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Re: Still up on Demon

Three members of the RIAA just disliked your post.

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Haaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaaaahhah oh I have tears in my eyes!

When it said Pirate Bay has been cut off.... Oh my!

Then WTF am I looking at now!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Cut off? Yeah right...

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Re AC

Took me 30 seconds to get onto it at home, so all working.

Still up on Demon as well at work

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Thinking finance here ( or lack of)

When the BMI, et al, realise that no extra income will be accrued will the courts issue a new order allowing for the the TPB to be accessible again ?

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Thus ending piracy once and for all!

For all I tell you!

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Thanks, El Reg

"The Register asked the BPI if it planned to take further action regarding TPB being hosted elsewhere on other IP addresses"

Your question was politely met with a "we have no comment to make on that at the moment" followed shortly by the sound of a surf getting a bollocking by a middle manager in the background as it was the first they had ever heard of it.

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Re: Thanks, El Reg

*serf ?

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Oh dear. I will write it out 100 times.

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Pirate

https://thepiratebay.se is still available north of englandshire.

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Sir

I believe the bootnote asked us not to do that Mystic :)

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Re: Sir

That's not a really workaround, unless you consider moving house a workaround.

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Re: Sir

If you had read the comments on the previous article, you would know that it is, in fact, a work-around.

The clue is in the header.

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...and the other 50 nearly identical torrent search sites are still available.

Blocking TPB is merely pissing in the wind for the sake of political brownie points.

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Moving house and getting ADSL set up in record time to be able to use the site that dare not say it's name until BT run some Perl script at, I don't know, 3 in the morning on Saturday is a workaround?

Only criminals must want to live in the North of Englandshire.

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Re: Sir

Sigh..

SsSsSsSsSsSsSsS

Get it yet? No, I'm not talking about a reptile house in the North of Englandshire just to get to TPB.

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Re: Sir

My apologies, as I am outside of Englandshire I'm not 100% up on the workarounds du jour. In fact I don't even consider that a workaround, has BT really complied with the judgement?

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Re: Sir

Ah, fair enough. BTW Englandshire isn't a real place :)

I know it isn't really particularly technical but it does get around the block with other ISP's so I would expect it to work with BT's

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Re: Sir

I'm sorry but I just copy and pasted what I thought was the normal address. The article did not state the header. In fact I have never downloaded anything from TPB but the fact that it is apparently blocked has made me inquisitive. IMO Hollywood churns out shite so why would I bother to download it?

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Made me spill my drink

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"In fact I have never downloaded anything from TPB but the fact that it is apparently blocked has made me inquisitive"

The Streisand effect at work :) I only mentioned it because quite a lot of posts were removed last outing for detailing work-arounds.

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header---should that be hydra ???

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BT-MBB

I'm on a BT managed broadband connection with a static IP at work, supplied by a smallish third party and can still see TPB here ,

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If only the internet was more reslilient.

For people that dont understand the internet and just use google to find things this will be a killer blow. They will just have to turn on their radio, subscribe to sky/spotify or go back to Mr Wong and his DVD case of the latest blockbusters.

For everyone else....

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Re: If only the internet was more reslilient.

For people who use Google to find things, I'm pretty sure they'd carry on as normal using Google to find things, given it's as effective a tool at finding this stuff as TPB ever was/is. So I don't think Mr Wong and his hold-all of DVDs should get his hopes up and turn up to the Fox & Hound expecting a large increase in sales.

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Waste of time

Just put the alternate IP in your hosts file. Pretty pointless blocking it. There will always be a way around it.

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Re: Waste of time

I think you may all be missing the point? The ISPs don't WANT to get involved in blocking sites, hence they're doing the very minimum required to say they've complied with the court order. They don't give a flying fuck if it can be circumvented in 30 seconds.

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Re: Waste of time

That's bullshit for a start.

Virgin blocked the newer IPs.

They weren't told to, they just decided to.

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Not meant as a workaround, honest

I'm pointing this out due to how laughable the situation is, but I noticed last night from an O2 connection that a certain large search engine still caches the content of TPB and allows you to "preview" it without even a flicker of the blocking armada, which seems insane as to the triviality of evasion.

Bin the post if necessary mods, just laughed when I noticed this and thought I'd share my amusement.

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"there are plenty of workarounds for customers with internet access from the big telco players in Blighty"

Don't worry BPI, that's a vicious rumour with absolutely no basis in fact. The internets address of the crims has been permanently blocked forever so piracy is now finished and you can get back to promoting and producing top-quality audio entertainment.

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Sir

to paraphrase our current Stasi student-in chief..

"It's trivially easy to work-around, but anyone doing so is obviously a criminal"

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captain slow

must be slow to roll this out..... as it still works in the home counties as of wednesday morning.

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Is asking your mate to rip you a copy the same as posting a workaround?

*troll for the very obvious reason, sorry El Mod

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Huge effort in the blocking page

Error - site blocked

That's it! If it was me, I'd have included information on why it was blocked and who to contact to complain. But then I guess it's just a default page used to block a range of things. Still a HTML comment saying "Who's a naughty boy then?" wouldn't have gone amiss

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Re: Huge effort in the blocking page

That's better than Sky. It just times out on them, at least you know it's alive but blocked.

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Well that's it then, downloading that film, tv programme or some music is over for good. it's back to a 300 baud modem and a BBS for me. ;-)

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"Sadly for record labels, cutting off thepiratebay.se won't prevent web surfers in the UK from accessing the music content elsewhere."

I bet they're not too sad about blocking the promotion of independent artists on the Pirate Bay though.

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That's just a veneer

You and I know what the Pirate Bay is for. The clue is in the name.

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well this is pointless

oh no, what ever will I do, I can no longer access the music and dvds I downloaded with so much love...

pfft.

If anything I'm more annoyed because there's quite a few free applications (as in meant to be free, not ripped) linked on TPB. I used to use it because it was faster than a direct download from the sites. Ah well, back to kazaa for me.

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Re: The free stuff

Yes I have as well, also got me out of trouble when my XP SP3 CD got broken.

Download it and use it with my own licence key.

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Corporates only think like corporates

It's a bit like thinking that you can only get burgers from McD's or Pizza from Pizza Hut or beer from Carlsberg.

Not everyone is going to the Olympics

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I still miss SuprNova

It had a large userbase and all the movies etc. were categorised so you could look at just the sci-fi or the comedy or the action etc. depending on what mood you were in.

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Err..

"Sadly for record labels, cutting off thepiratebay.se won't prevent web surfers in the UK from accessing the music content elsewhere."

BT have cut off jack shit. They have just stood in the way and said 'no - naughty!'. That would be great if the world was in 1 dimension.. but sadly for them, and any fools like them, there are at least another three.

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Oh noes!

Now people are being told that they can't steal... how awful!

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it's not just BT that is blocking pirate bay

I noticed that the Ethiopian Governmint have just set their anti-democratic firewall to kill all VPN's and to drop the initial handshake of ToR negotiations; I bet the regime is blocking the hungry nation from downloading from PirateBay too! https://blog.torproject.org/blog/ethiopia-introduces-deep-packet-inspection (Ethiopian Telecoms seem to be owned/controlled by Orange/France_Telecom)

According to other French rumours the Amesys spinoff of Bull have just installed weaponiseable DPI systems called Eagle in Morocco (codenamed PopCorn), in Qatar (codename Finger) and maybe in 4 locations in mainland France (codename EAGDLP1101) There might be a trial about the Eagle system sold to Libya which, according to Bull spokespersons was used to attack terrorists and pedophiles in Libya, who then later became the new Libyan Council, seriously! (trial) http://www.fidh.org/Opening-of-a-judicial-inquiry

(DPI used against pedos) http://reflets.info/amesys-vendeur-darmes-numeriques-decomplexe/

According to internal Nokia Siemens Networks documents they have installed 90 humungous DPI 'monitoring centres' in 60 countries, including Iran, Bahrain...and I guess most of the EU. I have to guess because NSN seem to have lost some paperwork from when they transferred their DPI internet monitoring/blocking technology systems to a Guernsey based shell company who then transferred it to a Munich based company - on the opposite side of the street to NSN, that employed the same NSN engineers who sold and continue to maintain their Iranian DPI with software upgrades (contractually) but who have forgotten nearly everything else, allegedly. Who'd like to bet that UK has between one to four 'Eagles' or NSN 'monitoring centers'???

this is all open source stuff and I didn't post any work-arounds

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Re: Ethiopians

I am glad they have nothing else to worry about.

So they need no more aid.

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Streisand

effect

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Message from the spnsors: Given that the people at the helm of the entertainment industry are not stupid (stop the sniggering, or else), and with no other obvious agenda in sight, the only explanations is, that the entertainment business remains, in fact, deep in the pockets of those those nasty piratebay terrorists, and tries every means possible to spread this pirate evil, as seen in this latest clever ploy to publicize this disgusting pirate business.

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if all torrents and p2p were stopped then why would we need to pay for fibre lines and faster broadband? Pretty sure all ISPs know this....

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Given BT et al provides paid for services, I'm quite sure they'd be perfectly happy to be rid of the huge volumes of torrent traffic as it would give them the capacity to offer even more IPTV services which they could charge for.

Don't for one minute assume they are happy to take your money just for the "fibre" - if they could make more money by charging for the programmes they would.

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