UK ‘Pirate’ Blacklist Silently Expands With 170+ Domains

The 'pirate' blocklist operated by the UK's leading Internet service providers has been massively expanded during the past few days. With no public announcement around 170 domains and sub-domains were added to the unofficial register, targeting The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents and dozens of other allegedly infringing sites.

Between April 2012 and May 2015, a handful of international rightsholder groups went to the UK High Court to obtain blocking injunctions against some of the world’s most popular ‘pirate’ sites.

In response to these blockades, dozens of alternative domains appeared. Some simply provided a new way to access an existing site while some were clones or mirrors offering a similar experience to the original. However, the vast majority were proxy-style operations, ones which allowed users to bypass blockades by visiting a new URL.

This appearance of new domains epitomized the “whac-a-mole” analogy so often referenced in connection with pirate sites. When one gets struck down, another appears. It’s a neverending game for rightsholders but in the UK it seems to be one they’re willing to play.

As recently as October, dozens of new domains were added to the UK’s blocklist adding to the hundreds already present. And now, during the second week of November, around 170 more have been silently tagged on.

The full list can be found below and it contains many familiar names. The vast majority are connected, however loosely, to sites covered by earlier court orders. As is usually the case, many of the targeted URLs are Pirate Bay proxies, mirrors and/or clones, with the same holding true for KickassTorrents.

One ‘sleeper’ site definitely worth a mention is PirateProxy.la. According to Alexa, from a standing start in September the site has grown to become the 278th most popular site in the UK overall. That growth will almost certainly come to an abrupt end with the latest block.

Popular MP3 sites also get a look in (MP3Bear, MP3Clan, MP3Lemon, MP3Monkey, MP3Raid, MP3Skull etc) but at this point it’s almost impossible to say with any certainty how or if they are connected to the original sites. It’s a situation playing out across the whole file-sharing site spectrum and is potentially putting users at risk.

While rightsholders used to announce blockades when a new court order was won, these days sites are added almost silently to the blocklists operated by BT, Sky, Virgin Media, O2, EE and TalkTalk.

Initially the BPI, MPA, The Premier League and Members of The Publishers Association, obtained more than 20 injunctions against ‘pirate’ sites but now additional domains are simply added to those orders. Pirate Bay proxies, for example, are considered part of the Pirate Bay operation and no new court order is required to have them blocked.

The list of domains blocked in the most recent wave

1337x.unblocked2.bz
bushtorrente.com
dadotorrent.com
emp3world.unblocked.la
emp3world1.com
etmirror.com
ikwilthepiratebay.nl
limetorrenturlx.com
monova.unblocked.la
mp3raid.unblocked.la
mp3raid.work
mp3skull.unblocked.la
mp3skull.wtf
pirateproxy.la
seedpeer.unblocked.la
torrentcrazy.unblocked.la
torrentdb.li
avoidcensorship.com
bayproxy.net
bayproxy.org
beemp3s.org
bittorrent.am
bittorrent.am
bittorrent.pm
bittorrent.pm
btloft.com
bts.ph
bts.to
btscene.cc
btscene.com
btscene.eu
btscene.net
btscene.org
btsdl.cc
emp3world.com
emp3world.so
emp3world.to
etproxy.com
extratorrent.ee
extratorrent.tv
extratorrentlive.com
extratorrentonline.com
fastpiratebay.eu
fullsongs.net
ikwilthepiratebay.nl
ka.tt
kat.sx
katproxy.bz
katproxy.com
katproxy.is
kickass.la
kickassto.co
kickasstorrents.ee
kickasstorrents.to
kickassunblock.eu
kickassunblock.net
kuiken.co
limetor.com
limetor.net
limetorrents.cc
limetorrents.co
limetorrents.in
limetorrents.net
mega-search.me
megasear.ch
megasearch.co
mp3.ink
mp3.re
mp3.supply
mp3bear.biz
mp3bear.com
mp3bear.org
mp3bear.to
mp3boo.com
mp3boo.me
mp3clan.com
mp3clan.mobi
mp3clan.net
mp3clan.ninja
mp3clan.ro
mp3lemon.net
mp3monkey.net
mp3raid.com
mp3raid.info
mp3raid.work
mp3skull.com
mp3skull.cr
mp3skull.is
mp3skull.to
mp3soup.net
mymirrorpirate.com
mypirateproxy.com
myproxypirate.com
newbursalagu.com
outlaw.is
picktorrent.com
pirateahoy.eu
piratebay.net
piratebay1.com
piratebayproxy.be
piratebayproxy.co.uk
pirateproxy.bz
pirateproxy.ca
pirateproxy.in
pirateproxy.net
pirateproxy.nl
pirateproxy.se
pirateproxy.sx
pirateproxy.ws
pirateuropa.net
plixid.com
proxybay.co
proxybay.eu
proxybay.net
proxybay.pl
proxybay.pw
proxybay.xyz
proxytpb.nl
stafaband.co.uk
techtoy.co.uk/pirate-bay-mirrors
thehiddenbay.net
thepiratebay-proxylist.com
thepiratebay.ae.org
thepiratebay.ar.com
thepiratebay.com
thepiratebay.com.ua
thepiratebay.cr
thepiratebay.de.com
thepiratebay.ee
thepiratebay.gb.com
thepiratebay.gg
thepiratebay.je
thepiratebay.lv
thepiratebay.mg
thepiratebay.net
thepiratebay.org.in
thepiratebay.org.ua
thepiratebay.website
thepirateboat.eu
thepiratemirror.com
theproxypirate.com
torrentbit.net
torrentbit.nl
torrentcrazy.ee
torrentcrazy.to
torrentdb.li
torrentdownload.biz
torrentdownload.co
torrentdownload.me
torrentdownload.ws
torrentdownloads.cc
torrentdownloads.co
torrentdownloads.me
torrentdownloads.net
torrentexpress.net
torrentfunk.info
torrentfunk.net
torrentfunk.org
torrents.am
torrentsdownload.org
tpbproxy.cc
uberadserver.biz
uberadserver.com
uberadserver.mobi
uberadserver.net
uberadserver.org
ukbay.co
ukbay.org
unblockthepiratebay.net
xspyz.com
zooqle.eu
zooqle.in
zooqle.net

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