Tens of thousands of domains can quickly be blocked based on a single court order.
The British judiciary has discovered a new weapon that could wreak havoc on hacking sites. In 2016, the MBA – the Motion Picture Association – ordered the blocking of 123movies.to, one of the largest piracy sites operating in the United Kingdom. Over the next month, half a dozen clones were born. Each new legal ban systematically leads to the opening of many “mirror” sites or copies managed by other groups.
Until now, anti-piracy systems had to submit a new request to each site, even if it was a simple mirror – that is, an official copy or a copy redirected to another unblocked URL. A long and arduous process, as the companies in question need to obtain information about the site each time before blocking it.
Between 2021 and 2022, nearly a dozen domain names linked to 123 movies sites were blocked in the United Kingdom, always with the same intent: with each block, new clones emerged. So MPA decided to make its method more efficient. He returned a new list to a London court last summer, which included sites he had not investigated – and which turned out to be simple plagiarisms of the original site. To everyone’s surprise, all the sites in question were blocked without in-depth analysis. The MPA’s new mechanism is clear: new sites like 123 Movies, which offer pirated content and have a name like 123 Movies, will now automatically be added to this list and blocked in the following weeks, without any investigation, to be defined. Site owner or his affiliation with previous sites. Mine is nothing, and that would change a lot of things. In recent months, 100 sites using the term 123movies have been banned in the UK. Other countries can learn from this method.
Of course, it’s always possible to bypass restrictions with a VPN, but for most users, these measures should be enough to prevent piracy, according to the MPA, which considers this new method to be the most powerful tool to come. In addition to piracy, illegal IPTVs should also be prevented.
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