Court Orders Romanian ISPs To Block The Pirate Bay, FilmeHD and FilmeOnline
The campaign to have The Pirate Bay (TPB) blocked worldwide has taken another step forward. This time around, Romanian IPSs (Internet service providers) have been ordered to block TPB along with two other sites.
The Court Order
According to a report, several Hollywood studios including Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, Paramount, Universal, and Columbia, have obtained a court order in Romania that forces several local ISPs to restrict access to The Pirate Bay, FilmeHD, and FilmeOnline. The ISPs that were ordered by the Romanian court include RCS & RDS, Telekom Romania, UPC Romania, Digital Cable Systems, AKTA Telecom, and Nextgen Communication.
Here is a complete list of the sites and domains that are to be blocked according to the latest Romanian decision:
FilmeHD – filmehd.net
FilmeOnline2013 – filmeonline2013.biz
The Pirate Bay – thepiratebay.org, http://fbay.maik.rocks, http://bayproxy.net, http://thepiratebayz.org, http://tpb.portalimg.com, https://fastpiratebay.co.uk, https://gameofbay.org, https://ikwilthepiratebay.org, https://oldbayproxy.eu, https://pirate.trade, https://piratebay.click, https://piratebay.red, https://piratebayblocked.corn, https://piratebaymirror.eu, https://piratebayproxy.be, https://piratebayproxy.tf, https://piratebays.co, https://piratebays.co. uk, https://pirateproxy.cam, https://pirateproxy.dick, https://pirateproxy.sh, https://pirateproxy.tf, https://pirateproxy.wf, https://pirateproxy.yt, https://thebay.tv, https://thehiddenbay.cc, https://thehiddenbay.fi, https://thehiddenbay.info, https://thehiddenbay.ws, https://thepiratebay.bypassed.st, https://thepiratebay.co.in, https://thepiratebay.rocks, https://thepiratebay.uk.net, https://thepiratebay.unblocker.cc, https://thepiratebay-proxy.com, https://tpbbay.eu, https://tpbmirror.us, https://tpbunblocked.org, https://ukpirate.dick, https://ukpirate.org, https://ukpirateproxy.xyz, https://unblockedbay.info, https://urbanproxy.eu
It’s A Witch Hunt In The European Countries
In the US, Hollywood has yet to have any “pirate” sites blocked by ISPs. However, in the European Union, at least 17 countries now have active site-blocking programs with more than 1,800 sites and 5,300 related domains blocked. Now, Romanian has just been added to the list.
In fact, last month, we reported about Swedish ISP Telia ordered by Sweden’s Patent and Market Court to block several large torrent and streaming platforms which include TPB, Dreamfilm, Fmovies, and NyaFilmer. The court order didn’t really come as a surprise at, because last year, ISP Bredbandsbolaget was also ordered to block TPB and streaming site Swefilmer.
However, there are some companies that are against such a decision. One of them is Swedish ISP Bahnhof who takes priority in user-privacy and unrestricted access to the internet.
At that time, the company’s CEO, Jon Karlung, said that blocking does not work technically and that one can’t build a filter for everything they dislike on the internet. In taking such action, they are destroying the core of the internet which is to communicate freely.
The Step-By-Step Guide
Last week, Bahnhof published a step-by-step guide on how to unblock The Pirate Bay and other sites. The guide involves setting up VPN (Virtual Private Network) and changing DNS (Domain Name System). You can check it out on our article titled “How To Unblock The Pirate Bay And Other Sites“.
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