The Move Comes After The British Phonographic Institute Successfully Issued Orders To Block File-Sharing Sites 10 Years Ago, Though It Was Rarely Enforced.
EE's Mobile Service To Auto-Block Streaming Services Using Pirated Music
Ever since the invention of the cassette tape in 1963, people have been trying to obtain the songs they want without paying the artist and the record company.
the 1970s and 1980s radio DJs talked over the first few and last
seconds of the track being played, in order to throw off would be
British Phonographic Institute (BPI) around this time started putting
imprints on the j-cards that came with cassettes which said: “Home
taping is killing music, and it's illegal”.
1999 and 2001 during the era of burning CDs and the introduction of
MP3 Players, people across the world were using a file sharing site
called Napster to share music without paying artists and record
wasn't until Metallica v. Napster that the site was shut down, after
the heavy metal group found that their demo for I Disappear (Which
was to be featured on the soundtrack for Mission Impossible II) was
found on the site before it was officially released.
2002, the once popular file sharing service filed for bankruptcy and
closed it's doors.
recent years with the rise of licenced music streaming services like
Pandora and Spotify, many have taken to illegally streaming music on
third party websites.
2012, the BPI had successfully issued a case against The Pirate Bay:
A file-sharing site akin to Napster.
the enforcement of banning streaming pirates didn't go into full
effect until this year, as more people get their music online via
YouTube and the aforementioned streaming services.
the mobile network and internet provider EE has announced plans to
automatically block/blacklist all third party streaming and file
sharing sites, as the government pressures providers to get rid of
digital music piracy.
networks slated to follow in EE's footsteps include Vodafone, 3, and
goes to show that the more things change, the more they stay the