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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Israeli ISP Ordered to Block BitTorrent Service

Israeli ISP Ordered to Block BitTorrent Service

Israeli ISP Ordered to Block BitTorrent Service

Added: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Popcorn Time is targeted by rights owners all over the world – first the site was blocked in the United Kingdom, now Israeli media companies have received a court order that requires largest Internet service providers to block Popcorn Time. Besides, copyright owners ask to block the application's ports as well.

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The Popcorn Time app is dubbed “Netflix for Pirates” and has successfully attracted a user base of millions of people over the past few months. Of course, major media giants got concerned over the app – especially Netflix, which saw the app as a serious competitor to its business. However, Popcorn Time runs on BitTorrent networks, so it is not easy to stop downloads directly. This is why rights owners decided instead to target the websites offering the app. For instance, in Israel the local anti-piracy outfit named ZIRA chose this way.

ZIRA represents a number of media companies in the country. It asked a court for an order to request local ISPs to block access to the websites of a number of Popcorn Time forks. The local court granted the order, arguing that the Popcorn Time app does violate the rights of content creators.

The anti-piracy outfit is happy with the court ruling, which proves that services like Popcorn Time are infringing despite the fact that they don’t actually host any files. The copyright holders claimed in their complaint that the Popcorn Time software allows users to stream and download such content as Israeli and foreign films and TV series and shows, all without the permission from the content creators.

ZIRA believes that the ISP blockades will prevent Internet users from downloading Popcorn Time app in the future, even though the app will continue to work if it has been downloaded already. To address the latter issue, the anti-piracy outfit suggested to block the ports of Popcorn Time uses. The problem is that such move may also block other traffic, particularly if the application switches to more common ports, like port 80.

Thus far, only two countries in the world have blocked access to Popcorn Time websites. The united Kingdom was the first – back in April, the UK High Court issued a similar order targeting the domain names of a number of APIs the apps use.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.


Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Sunday, June 7th, 2015



Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2015-06-08 17:25:59)
jumbo71 avatarthe world should ban israel from existing.....

2
posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-06-09 02:42:58)
analogkid6103 avatarKinda extreme,but if it was made up of nothing but trolls ,anon haters spammers and the headquarters of mpaa riia, and some others plus all of the anti sharing forces.
But its not,and im out, time to upload something, something Metal

3
posted by (2015-06-09 05:51:59)
shivababa avatarJumbo71@

I agree, ban Israel, ban popcorn time too, ban them both.

Put all the eggs in one basket.

4
posted by (2015-06-11 19:37:29)
LesM avatarshivababa, so why are you on ExtraTorrent and use its services if you want to ban Popcorn?

5
posted by (2015-06-12 11:25:03)
shivababa avatarLesM

Don't like popcorn time because it is too slow and quality sucks. Showbox much better, as it uses it own servers, but remember to put GPS off when u use.



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