TalkTalk blocks The Pirate Bay as legal action widens

BT is last major UK broadband provider to block access

TalkTalk has become the latest UK ISP to block access to The Pirate Bay file sharing site, as legal action continues against the site elsewhere in Europe.

Following a High Court order in April, Virgin Media, Sky Broadband, Everything Everywhere, BE and O2 blocked access to The Pirate Bay, with TalkTalk now joining them.

BT is now the remaining major broadband provider to yet block access to The Pirate Bay. BT, which asked for extra time to make the necessary arrangements to block The Pirate Bay, said: "We anticipate that an order, regarding the precise means of blocking, will be made shortly."

When Talk Talk subscribers try to access The Pirate Bay, the ISP refers them to the website of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which won the court order.

The action doesn't stop there though as this week the Helsinki district court in Finland also ordered ISPs to begin blocking customers' access to The Pirate Bay.

The Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) and the Finnish branch of music industry group IFPI had filed a lawsuit at the district court seeking a blocking order.

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