A WEBSITE that offered access to shows and films from Sky, Disney+, Netflix and more have been blocked by the biggest broadband suppliers in the UK, including BT, EE, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Plusnet.
The biggest broadband suppliers in the UK are now required to block the free streaming website (Image: SKY • NETFLIX • WALT DISNEY PICTURES • GETTY )
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The crackdown on pirate websites continues, with a popular website that unlocked access to free shows and movies from Sky, Netflix and Disney+ now blocked for millions. Broadband providers, including BT, EE, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Plusnet, are now required to block access to the website for all of their customers. The incoming block is due to a new High Court order – and broadband companies have the next 10 days to comply with.
The application for the latest block was filed to the High Court by some of the biggest entertainment brands on the planet, including Columba Pictures, Disney Enterprises, Netflix Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal City Studios, Warner Bros – collectively represented by the Motion Picture Association – and Sky last week.
The website targeted by the latest block? Mixdrop. This website is known as a “cyberlocker”, which enables users to store files and share them online. Some users rely on these third-party services to share digital copies of boxsets and movies to allow others to stream and download content from some of the biggest paid-for providers, including Sky TV, Disney+, Netflix, and more.
It works in a similar way to sharing your photos or videos via cloud-hosting services like iCloud, Google Drive, or DropBox – with friends and family able to stream within their web browser to download to watch offline at a later time.
Of course, the difference between sharing your own family photos and a boxset from Netflix is that distributing or watching paid-for content for free without permission from the rightsholders is illegal. Crucially, the law does not recognise any difference between downloading or streaming.
The latest High Court order is the first time a block has been granted in the UK against a cyberlocker for hosting TV film and TV content.
Speaking about the latest piracy crackdown, a spokesperson for Sky told Express.co.uk: “We’re really pleased with this decision. It confirms that these types of sites are acting illegally, blocks access to one of the most prolific providers of stolen Sky content and ultimately helps keep consumers safe from the very real risks of accessing content in this way.”
The website provides cloud-hosting for users, who rely on this feature to upload paid-for content (Image: MIXDROP )
“We welcome this decision from the High Court which represents a first for the film and TV industry,” a representative from the Motion Picture Association (which represents Columba Pictures, Disney Enterprises, Netflix Studios, Paramount Pictures, Universal City Studios, Warner Bros) added.
“Cyberlocker and stream-ripping sites make available vast amounts of copyright-protected film and television content for streaming and/or downloading, making millions in the process. Site blocking continues to be an effective way of halting the spread of online piracy. Piracy affects everyone involved in the creative process – from the filmmakers to the makeup artists. It also adversely affects consumers, exposing them to malware, identity theft and fraud. This verdict comes perfectly timed to celebrate Safer Internet Day on 8 February”