UK record labels launch unprecedented anti-Torrent campaign
The websites targeted by the campaign include the biggest
torrent pages and file-hosting search engines, like ExtraTorrent,
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is also threatening to
ask courts to block US-based music streaming group
While most of the torrent sites currently set to be blocked for
copyright infringement are small operations, Grooveshark is an
exception as a larger company that has been battling the majors in
particular for some time now, Musicweek noted.
“It looks like we could be facing an onslaught of web
blackouts here in the UK,” the leader of the UK Pirate Party
Loz Kaye told RT. “What we’ve seen from 2012 is that it hasn’t
helped with music sales at all, that actually album sales failed 10
Loz Kaye is also sure the record companies will eventually face
their plight if they don’t change their policies.
“Essentially, this is about the record labels trying to
remain gatekeepers and actually push other companies out. But this
approach will not work! It’s going to alienate a generation of
music lovers, and it’s going to perhaps radicalize internet
However, the BPI told RT in an online statement that their only
intention is to protect the artists’ and legal services’ rights.
They also confirmed that the music licensing group PPL has begun
polling its members on licensing content for particular
“We’re not really doing any interviews about this. I can say,
though, that it’s correct PPL has asked its members to confirm to
us if they’ve licensed their recorded music to particular websites.
This is part of our ongoing work to ensure that legal music
services can flourish and that artists and labels are rewarded for
their work,” a representative of the British trade body said in
an email to RT.
Now, it seems the BPI is starting the biggest anti-piracy initiative yet.
“Over the past years, UK music labels have innovated to build one of the most vibrant digital music sectors in the world. However, the growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music without a license from the copyright holders,” the group indicated in their official statement.
In the latest successful court initiative, the BPI blocked three torrent sites (KickAssTorrents, H33T and Fenopy) three months ago. It happened after almost a year ago, an unknown official from the music industry told the TorrentFreak website that PPL had started polling its members on the matter of privacy.
But RT contributor Afshin Rattansi argues that the way corporate
music works as a whole is far more “sinister” than anything
being done by Torrent and music file-sharing websites.
“As to the idea that the BPI is trying to protect the public and the artist and the variety of artists in terms of cultural diversity, that is absurd. After all, is YouTube, owned by Google, producing pirated music? Because there’s lots of music there that seems to just be uploaded by people and is obviously copyrighted. That’s because Universal-EMI, the big majors are doing deals with the big sites so they can lock up the power over music, signing up new bands, and a whole plethora of ideas and culture.”