UK Music Industry Orders BitTorrent Sites to Implement Piracy Filters by July 8

The BPI threatens legal action against the sites targeted

The music industry must be feeling rather pleased with itself in the UK. It's been winning some big victories in its fight against pirates there, with increasingly little effort.

Several large BitTorrent sites, along with some streaming sites, have been blocked in the country.

Buoyed by that success, the music industry now believes that even going to a judge to rubberstamp the blocking of more sites is too much hassle.

Instead, it's using its recent wins to force BitTorrent sites to install piracy filters. The filters would ensure that no illegal music ever ends up on the sites, or at least that's the theory.

Simple filters like this never work, and cause more damage to legitimate use than to actual illegal content. Still, the music industry doesn't actually care if the filters work. In fact, if BitTorrent sites become unusable because of the filters, all the better.

What's more, the British Phonographic Industry, the music industry group in the UK, demands that several BitTorrent sites it contacted implement the ban no later than July 8. It's unclear what torrent sites are targeted, but it doesn't look like any of them will be taking any action.

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