List of websites blocked in the United Kingdom

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Blocked by mobile operators and ISP network filters[edit]

Resolved and erroneous blocks[edit]

Site name (s) Domain (s) or URL (s) Type of site (s) Reason (s) Blocked by Start date Resolution date
Wikipedia[1][2] Virgin Killer record album article on en.wikipedia.org Online encyclopedia Potentially indecent image of underage child Internet Watch Foundation 5 December 2008 9 December 2008 (Unblocked by IWF)
Wayback Machine archive.org Web archive Site incompatibility with Cleanfeed Internet Watch Foundation[3] 14 January 2009 16 January 2009[4]
FileServe fileserve.com File hosting Mistake Internet Watch Foundation[5] 16 November 2011[6] 18 November 2011
NewzBin2[7] newzbin.com later newzbin.es Usenet file search Copyright Motion Picture Association court order 1 November 2011 November 2012 (Site closed)
WordPress.com Several servers of wordpress.com Blog hosting Mistake ISP(s)[8] 17 July 2013 29 July 2013
TorrentFreak[9] torrentfreak.com News site Technical implementation Premier League court order — Sky Broadband 7 August 2013 9 August 2013
Radio Times and hundreds more[10][11] radiotimes.com plus many more DNS provider and its customers Technical implementation Premier League court order 13 August 2013 14 August 2013
Imgur[12] Specific address range(s) used by imgur.com Image hosting Technical issue with content lock system EE October 2013 22 November 2013 (Technical problem resolved)
WordPress.com Several servers of wordpress.com Blog hosting Mistake ISP(s)[13] 26 November 2013 5 December 2013
Imgur imgur.com Image hosting Technical implementation[14] Sky Broadband 14 December 2013 16 December 2013
WordPress.com Several servers of wordpress.com Blog hosting Mistake ISP(s)[15] 12 March 2014 16 March 2014
Imgur[16] imgur.com Image hosting Technical fault[17] Virgin Media 20 May 2016 20 May 2016
Imgur imgur.com Image hosting Technical fault[18] Virgin Media 15 July 2019 15 July 2019

Court ordered implementations targeting copyright and trademark infringement[edit]

Sites are blocked using various methods across the "Big 5" UK ISPs, in accordance with Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, 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.[19]

If a user visits a blocked site within the United Kingdom, the user will be forwarded to www.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[23]
  • thepiratebay.org
  • thepiratebay.se
File sharing Copyright BPI court order May 2012
  • fenopy.eu
  • h33t.com
  • kat.ph
File sharing Copyright BPI court order[24] 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[24] eztv.it File sharing Copyright MPAA court order July 2013
First Row Sports[25][26] firstrow1.eu Streaming Copyright Premier League court order July 2013
  • 1337x
  • Abmp3
  • BeeMPS
  • BitSnoop
  • Bomb-Mp3
  • eMp3World
  • ExtraTorrent
  • File Crop
  • FilesTube[27]
  • Monova
  • Mp3 Juices
  • Mp3lemon
  • Mp3 Raid
  • Mp3skull
  • New Album Releases
  • Rapid Library
  • Torrent Crazy
  • Torrent Downloads
  • Torrent Hound
  • Torrent Reactor
  • Torrentz
  • 1337x.org
  • abmp3.com
  • beemp3s.org
  • bitsnoop.com
  • bomb-mp3.com
  • emp3world.cc
  • extratorrent.cc
  • filecrop.com
  • filestube.com
  • monova.org
  • mp3juices.com
  • mp3lemon.org
  • mp3raid.com
  • mp3skull.com
  • newalbumreleases.net
  • rapidlibrary.com
  • torrentcrazy.com
  • torrentsdownload.org
  • torrenthound.com
  • torrentreactor.net
  • torrentz.eu
File sharing Copyright BPI court order[28][29] October 2013
  • PrimeWire
  • Project Free TV
  • Putlocker
  • Vodly
  • WatchFreeMovies
  • free-tv-video-online.me
  • primewire.ag
  • putlocker.is
  • vodly.to
  • watchfreemovies.ch
  • File sharing
  • Streaming
Copyright MPAA court order November 2013
  • Solar Movie
  • Tube +
  • solarmovie.so
  • tubeplus.me
Streaming Copyright MPAA court order[30] November 2013
  • Megashare
  • Viooz
  • Watch32
  • Zmovie
  • megashare.info
  • viooz.co
  • watch32.com
  • zmovie.co
Streaming Copyright MPAA court order March 2014
Various
  • 1iwc.com
  • cartierloveonline.com
  • hotcartierwatch.com
  • iwcwatchtop.com
  • montblancpensonlineuk.com
  • replicawatchesiwc.com
  • ukmontblancoutlet.co.uk
Luxury goods Counterfeit goods October 2014
  • bittorrent.am
  • Bit Torrent Scene
  • BTDigg
  • Btloft.com
  • limetorrents
  • nowtorrents
  • Pick Torrent
  • Seedpeer
  • torlock
  • Torrentbit
  • Torrentdb
  • Torrent download
  • Torrent Express
  • Torrent Funk
  • Torrent Project
  • Torrent Room
  • Torrents.net
  • Torrent Us
  • Torrentz.cd
  • Torrent Zap
  • Vitorrent
  • bittorrent.am
  • btdigg.org
  • btloft.com
  • bts.to
  • limetorrents.com
  • nowtorrents.com
  • picktorrent.com
  • seedpeer.me
  • torlock.com
  • torrentbit.net
  • torrentdb.li
  • torrentdownload.ws
  • torrentexpress.net
  • torrentfunk.com
  • torrentproject.se
  • torrentroom.com
  • torrents.net
  • torrentus.eu
  • torrentz.cd
  • torrentzap.com
  • vitorrent.org
File sharing Copyright BPI court order October 2014
  • BitSoup
  • Cucirca
  • Demonoid
  • Heroturko
  • Ice Films
  • IP Torrents
  • Isohunt
  • Iwannawatch
  • Iwatchonline
  • Los Movies
  • Movie25
  • Rapid Moviez
  • Rar BG
  • Scene Source
  • Seventorrents
  • Stream TV
  • Sumotorrent
  • Tor Movies
  • Torrent Day
  • torrent.cd
  • Torrentbutler
  • TorrentBytes
  • Torrenting
  • Torrents.fm
  • Torrentz.pro
  • Vertor
  • Warez BB
  • Watchseries-online
  • watchseries.lt
  • watchseries.to
  • YourBittorrent
  • bitsoup.me[note 1]
  • cucirca.eu
  • demonoid.ph
  • heroturko.me
  • icefilms.info
  • iptorrents.com[note 1]
  • isohunt.to
  • iwannawatch.to
  • iwatchonline.to
  • losmovies.tv
  • movie25.cm
  • rapidmoviez.com
  • rarbg.com
  • scenesource.me
  • seventorrents.re
  • tv-series.me
  • sumotorrent.sx
  • tormovies.org
  • torrentday.com[note 1]
  • torrent.cd
  • torrentbutler.eu
  • torrentbytes.net
  • torrenting.com
  • torrents.fm
  • torrentz.pro
  • tvchaosuk.com
  • vertor.eu
  • warez-bb.org
  • watchtvseries.to
  • watchseries.lt
  • watchseries.to
  • yourbittorrent.com
File sharing Copyright MPAA court order[32] November 2014
  • Bursalagu
  • Fullsongs
  • Mega-Search
  • Mp3.li
  • Mp3Bear
  • MP3Boo
  • Mp3Clan
  • Mp3 Monkey
  • Mp3Olimp
  • MP3s.pl
  • Mp3soup
  • Mp3Truck
  • Musicaddict
  • My Free MP3
  • Plixid
  • RnBXclusive
  • STAFA Band
File sharing Copyright BPI court order[33] March 2015
Ebook file sharing Copyright The Publishers Association court order[34] May 2015
  • Couchtuner
  • MerDB
  • Putlocker
  • Putlocker Plus
  • Rainierland
  • Vidics
  • Watchfree
  • Xmovies8
Members of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) May 2016
  • 123Movies
  • 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
  • Couchtuner.fr
  • Couchtuner.video
  • FMovies
  • MyWatchSeries.ac
  • SockShare
  • WatchEpisodeSeries.com
  • WatchSeries.do
  • WatchSeries-Online.pl
  • YesMovies
  • Yify-Torrent
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.
November 2017
  1. ^ a b c Site with no public file listings.[32]

Indirect blocking[edit]

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:[35][36]

  • 030421678943105436 08954317678950.com
  • argentinabay.info
  • bayproxy.pw
  • belgiumbay.info
  • denmarkbay.info
  • fattorrents.ws
  • finlandbay.info
  • germanybay.info
  • greecebay.info
  • hizliresim.com
  • indiabay.info
  • indonesiabay.info
  • iranbay.info
  • irelandbay.info
  • italybay.info
  • magnetsearch.net
  • magnetsearch.org
  • mctorrents.se
  • netherlandsbay.info
  • norwaybay.info
  • pbproxy.com
  • piratehole.com
  • pirateproxies.info
  • pirateproxies.net
  • pirateproxies.org
  • pirateproxy.wiki
  • pirateproxybay.com
  • piratetavern.net
  • piratetavern.org
  • piratewiki.info
  • proxypirate.pw
  • saudiarabiabay.info
  • singaporebay.info
  • swedenbay.info
  • themeatbay.com
  • thenewbay.org
  • thepirateproxy.co
  • theproxy.pw
  • tpbay.co
  • tpblite.com
  • tpbproxy.cc
  • tpbproxy.pw
  • turkeybay.info
  • ukbay.info
  • unblockbay.com
  • unblockthepiratebay.net
  • unblockthepiratebay.org

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wikipedia falls foul of British censors", Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian, 7 December 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ "How to make child-porn blocks safe for the internet", Cory Doctorow, The Guardian, 16 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  3. ^ "IWF confirms Wayback Machine porn blacklisting", Cade Metz, The Register, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ Accessing archive.org, Brian Widdas, Google Groups discussion, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  5. ^ "IWF Blacklist Snafu blocks access to FileServe", Tom Jowitt, TechWeek Europe, 21 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2013. Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Blacklist hitch causes Virgin Media FileServe block", David Meyer, ZDNet (CBS Interactive), 21 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  7. ^ "BT ordered to block Newzbin2 filesharing site within 14 days", Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 26 October 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Recent problems accessing WordPress.com sites", WordPress Forums, Support, 22 July 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  9. ^ "News site TorrentFreak 'blocked' by Sky's piracy filter" Archived 10 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Kadhim Shubber, Wired UK (Condé Nast UK), 9 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Radio Times caught up in Premier League's piracy fight", Leo Kelion, BBC News, 14 August 2013.
  11. ^ "OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball", Kelly Fiveash, The Register, 15 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  12. ^ "EE irks 4G customers with unexplained Imgur block", Carly Page, The Inquirer, 19 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Dashboard errors related to TalkTalk ISP issue", WordPress.com Support Forum, 26 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  14. ^ Andy. "Imgur wiped out by Sky Broadband torrent site blocking". Torrentfreak. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  15. ^ "Dashboard errors - TalkTalk, Sky, and BT care users", WordPress.com Support Forum, 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  16. ^ "Site report — imgur.com". 20 May 2016. Archived from the original on 13 February 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Imgur on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  18. ^ Kelion, Leo (15 July 2019). "Virgin Media probes why it blocked giant Gif site Imgur". BBC News. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Big 5 ISPs", Open Rights Group Wiki, 28 July 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  20. ^ "New measures to protect online copyright and inform consumers" Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine, 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.
  21. ^ "Websites we’ve blocked under order of the high court", Sky Broadcasting Group. Retrieved 1 December 2013. Archived 29 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Why do we block certain websites?", Broadband and Internet: Internet Security, Virgin Media. Retrieved 1 December 2013.[dead link]
  23. ^ "The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules". BBC News Online. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  24. ^ a b Edward Smith (23 July 2013). "UK court to block file-sharing sites EZTV and YIFY". International Business Times. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  25. ^ "Premier League wins piracy block of First Row Sports", David Lee, BBC News, 17 July 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  26. ^ 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: [2013] EWHC 2058 (Ch), Case No: HC13F02471, 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  27. ^ Ernesto (14 December 2014). "Former 'Pirate' site dropped from UK blocklist". Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  28. ^ "ISPs told to block 21 pirate sites", BBC News, 29 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  29. ^ "21 new torrent sites added to UK banned list", Jo Best, ZDNet, 30 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  30. ^ "Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list", Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 14 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  31. ^ Little, Trevor. "Landmark judgment handed down in dispute between Richemont and ISPs". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  32. ^ a b Ernesto (27 November 2014). "UK Piracy Blocklist expands with Demonoid, Isohunt, IPTorrents and more". Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  33. ^ Ernesto (24 March 2015). "UK blocking more than 100 Pirate sites after new court order". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  34. ^ Andy (27 May 2015). "High court orders UK ISPs to block eBook Sites". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  35. ^ Ernesto (10 March 2015). "UK ISPs quietly block sites that list Pirate Bay proxies". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  36. ^ "UK ISPs block Pirate Bay proxy sites". BBC News. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.

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