Piracy Crackdown Leads to the Pirate Bay Ban, Illegal Streaming Sites
Popular torrent portal The Pirate Bay and many other illegal streaming and torrent sites have been banned due to a new piracy crackdown. Millions of people across the globe are unable to access Pirate Bay since last week as people were blocked from accessing the site after major ISPs in Singapore were ordered by the court to block the Pirate Bay and scores of other illegal streaming and torrent sites.
The ban comes following the complaint filed by the Motion Picture Association of America. The streaming sites were accused of copy infringement. Torrent Freak reported that 53 sites and a total of 154 domains were blocked. This included Solarmovie and Kickass Torrents variants. It also revealed that the MPAA has had a 20 percent drop in revenue owing to these torrent sites. As per its IRS filing for 2016 fiscal year, the MPAA’s revenue was at $57 million. It was at $73 million earlier. The MPAA spokesperson confirmed this.
“In Singapore, these sites are responsible for a major portion of copyright infringement of films and television shows. This action by rights owners is necessary to protect the creative industry, enabling creators to create and keep their jobs, protect their works, and ensure the continued provision of high-quality content to audiences.”
MPAA Shuts Down Pirate Bay
The MPAA, with the help of many leading Hollywood’s studios and broadcasters have been successfully able to shut down many leading torrent and streaming sites including iSO Hunt, Hot File, Megaupload, and Popcorn Time to name a few.
Apart from the Pirate Bay being blocked in Singapore, the site has also been banned in Sweden and the UK. Website blocking forms the main objective of the entertainment industry when it comes to fighting piracy.
The UK is especially very serious about fighting piracy. The UK has blocked more than 1,000 URLs, and that includes much major streaming, torrent, and direct downloads sites.
The Pirate Bay is undoubtedly the biggest target when it comes to fighting piracy. Everything is being done to keep users away from accessing these torrent sites. Let us see if these efforts will pay off.