List of websites blocked in the United Kingdom
Blocked by mobile operators and ISP network filters
Resolved and erroneous blocks
|Site name (s)||Domain (s) or URL (s)||Type of site (s)||Reason (s)||Blocked by||Start date||Resolution date|
|Wikipedia||Virgin Killer record album article on en.wikipedia.org||Online encyclopedia||Potentially indecent image of underage child||Internet Watch Foundation||5 December 2008||Unblocked by IWF on 9 December 2008|
|Wayback Machine||archive.org||Web archive||Site incompatibility with Cleanfeed||Internet Watch Foundation||14 January 2009||16 January 2009|
|FileServe||fileserve.com||File hosting||Mistake||Internet Watch Foundation||16 November 2011||18 November 2011|
|NewzBin2||newzbin.com later newzbin.es||Usenet file search||Copyright||Motion Picture Association court order||November 2011||Site closed in November 2012|
|WordPress.com||Several servers of wordpress.com||Blog hosting||Mistake||ISP(s)||17 July 2013||29 July 2013|
|TorrentFreak||torrentfreak.com||News site||Technical implementation||Premier League court order — Sky Broadband||7 August 2013||9 August 2013|
|DNS Made Easy including Radio Times and hundreds more||radiotimes.com plus many more||DNS provider and its customers||Technical implementation||Premier League court order||13 August 2013||14 August 2013|
|Imgur||Specific address range(s) used by imgur.com||Image hosting||Technical issue with content lock system||EE||October 2013||Technical problem resolved by 22 November 2013|
|WordPress.com||Several servers of wordpress.com||Blog hosting||Mistake||ISP(s)||26 November 2013||5 December 2013|
|Imgur||imgur.com||Image hosting||Technical implementation||Sky Broadband||14 December 2013||16 December 2013|
|WordPress.com||Several servers of wordpress.com||Blog hosting||Mistake||ISP(s)||12 March 2014||16 March 2014|
|Imgur||imgur.com||Image hosting||Technical fault||Virgin Media||20 May 2016||20 May 2016|
Court ordered implementations targeting copyright and trademark infringement
Sites are blocked using various methods across the "Big 5" UK ISPs, in accordance with Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, making it difficult to ascertain the extent to which a site is 'blocked' or not. In December 2014, the affected ISPs decided to publish more information about the blocking orders they received.
If a user visits a blocked site within the United Kingdom, the user will be forwarded to ukispcourtorders.co.uk which includes the list of blocked domains and court orders.
ISPs with over 400,000 subscribers subject to blocking orders:
|Site name (s)||Domain (s) or URL (s)||Type of site (s)||Reason (s)||Was blocked by||Implementation date|
|The Pirate Bay||thepiratebay.org
|File sharing||Copyright||BPI court order||May 2012|
|File sharing||Copyright||BPI court order||March 2013|
|Movie2k||movie2k.to||File sharing||Copyright||BBFC court order||May 2013|
|Download For All||dl4all.com||File sharing||Copyright||MPAA court order||May 2013|
|EZTV||eztv.it||File sharing||Copyright||MPAA court order||July 2013|
|First Row Sports||firstrow1.eu||Streaming||Copyright||Premier League court order||July 2013|
|File sharing||Copyright||BPI court order||October 2013|
|Copyright||MPAA court order||November 2013|
|Streaming||Copyright||MPAA court order||November 2013|
|Streaming||Copyright||MPAA court order||March 2014|
|Luxury goods||Counterfeit goods||Cartier International,
Montblanc & Richemont court order
|File sharing||Copyright||BPI court order||October 2014|
|File sharing||Copyright||MPAA court order||November 2014|
|File sharing||Copyright||BPI court order||March 2015|
|Ebook file sharing||Copyright||The Publishers Association court order||May 2015|
|Members of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)||May 2016|
GeekTV GenVideos GoWatchSeries HDMovie14 HDMoviesWatch TheMovie4U MovieSub MovieTubeNow Series-Cravings SpaceMov StreamAllThis WatchMovie
|Streaming||Copyright||Members of the MPA (Motion Picture Association of America Inc)||October 2016|
|Various target servers||The Football Association Premier League Limited ("FAPL")||March 2017
(expired May 2017)
|Various target servers||The Football Association Premier League Limited ("FAPL")||July 2017|
|Streaming and File Sharing||Copyright||(1) Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation;
(2) Universal City Studios Productions LLP; (3) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.; (4) Paramount Pictures Corporation; (5) Disney Enterprises, Inc.; (6) Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
† Indicates a site with no public file listings.
In furtherance of the above-mentioned goal of restricting access to The Pirate Bay and similar sites, the BPI believes that "ISPs are required to block the illegal sites themselves, and proxies and proxy aggregators whose sole or predominant purpose is to give access to the illegal sites." As such, sites linking to sites which acted as proxies to The Pirate Bay were themselves added to the list of banned sites, including piratebayproxy.co.uk, piratebayproxylist.com and ukbay.org. This led to the indirect blocking (or hiding) of sites at the following domains, among others:
- 030421678943105436 08954317678950.com
- Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
- Censorship in the United Kingdom
- Computer and network surveillance
- Copyright infringement
- Copyright in the United Kingdom
- Copyright law of the European Union
- Child abuse image content list
- Digital Economy Act 2010
- Digital Economy Act 2017
- EU Copyright Directive
- File sharing in the United Kingdom
- Internet censorship
- Internet censorship in the United Kingdom
- Internet Watch Foundation and Wikipedia
- Legal aspects of file sharing
- Web blocking in the United Kingdom
- wiki.451unavailable.org.uk – The repository for UK court orders requiring domains, IP addresses and URLs to be blocked by internet service providers.
- ukispcourtorders.co.uk – another list maintained by British Telecommunications PLC.
- "Wikipedia falls foul of British censors", Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian, 7 December 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- "How to make child-porn blocks safe for the internet", Cory Doctorow, The Guardian, 16 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "IWF confirms Wayback Machine porn blacklisting", Cade Metz, The Register, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- Accessing archive.org, Brian Widdas, Google Groups discussion, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "IWF Blacklist Snafu blocks access to FileServe", Tom Jowitt, TechWeek Europe, 21 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- "Blacklist hitch causes Virgin Media FileServe block", David Meyer, ZDNet (CBS Interactive), 21 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "BT ordered to block Newzbin2 filesharing site within 14 days", Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 26 October 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- "Recent problems accessing WordPress.com sites", WordPress Forums, Support, 22 July 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- "News site TorrentFreak 'blocked' by Sky's piracy filter", Kadhim Shubber, Wired UK (Condé Nast UK), 9 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "Radio Times caught up in Premier League's piracy fight", Leo Kelion, BBC News, 14 August 2013.
- "OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball", Kelly Fiveash, The Register, 15 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- "EE irks 4G customers with unexplained Imgur block", Carly Page, The Inquirer, 19 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "Dashboard errors related to TalkTalk ISP issue", WordPress.com Support Forum, 26 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Andy. "Imgur wiped out by Sky Broadband torrent site blocking". Torrentfreak. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Dashboard errors - TalkTalk, Sky, and BT care users", WordPress.com Support Forum, 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- "Site report — imgur.com". 20 May 2016. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
- "Imgur on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
- "Big 5 ISPs", Open Rights Group Wiki, 28 July 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "New measures to protect online copyright and inform consumers", News Release, Office of Communications (Ofcom), 26 June 2012. "The code will initially cover ISPs with more than 400,000 broadband-enabled fixed lines – currently BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media." Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "Websites we’ve blocked under order of the high court", Sky Broadcasting Group. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "Why do we block certain websites?", Broadband and Internet: Internet Security, Virgin Media. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules". BBC News Online. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- Edward Smith (23 July 2013). "UK court to block file-sharing sites EZTV and YIFY". International Business Times. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
- "Premier League wins piracy block of First Row Sports", David Lee, BBC News, 17 July 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Football Association Premier League Limited v. British Sky Broadcasting Limited, et al.", England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division) Decisions, British and Irish Legal Information Institute, Neutral citation number:  EWHC 2058 (Ch), Case No: HC13F02471, 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Ernesto (14 December 2014). "Former 'Pirate' site dropped from UK blocklist". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
- "ISPs told to block 21 pirate sites", BBC News, 29 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- "21 new torrent sites added to UK banned list", Jo Best, ZDNet, 30 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list", Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 14 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
- Little, Trevor. "Landmark judgment handed down in dispute between Richemont and ISPs". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
- Ernesto (27 November 2014). "UK Piracy Blocklist expands with Demonoid, Isohunt, IPTorrents and more". Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Ernesto (24 March 2015). "UK blocking more than 100 Pirate sites after new court order". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- Andy (27 May 2015). "High court orders UK ISPs to block eBook Sites". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
- Ernesto (10 March 2015). "UK ISPs quietly block sites that list Pirate Bay proxies". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- "UK ISPs block Pirate Bay proxy sites". BBC News. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.