ISPs are being pressured to block piracy websites

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Piracy is rampant across the internet, and it’s fairly easy to get involved with the myriad websites offering torrents for you to download and fire up on your favourite clients. It’s a real problem that’s being somewhat curbed by the increasing ease of use of streaming – which makes even a download seem slow in comparison. But that’s not enough for The Southern African Federation Against Copyright Theft (SAFACT), who are reportedly putting pressure on ISPs to block access to certain websites entirely.

Sources close to MyBroadband have stated that the SAFACT has issued an ultimatum to all local Internet Service Providers, via the Internet Service Providers’ Association of South Africa (ISPA). SAFACT wants ISPs to block access to websites containing links to torrents, which allow the download of copyright infringing material. Should their request not be adhered to, SAFACT plans to launch legal action against ISPs that choose not to comply.

There are several issues with this that SAFACT clearly doesn’t understand. Firstly, most of the websites it would presumably want to target are hosted on Cloudfire, which blocks access to the IP addresses of the websites it hosts. This makes it impossible for ISPs to even begin to block access from their side, as they have no idea what to target. Combined with that is the rising popularity of VPN services, which most technically savvy users will likely already be using. This again makes it impossible for ISPs to restrict access, as users on their side will be able to circumvent their measures with ease.

Secondly, there’s a whole bunch of reasons action like this might seem a little extreme. Should SAFACT manage to wrestle control from ISPs over what they’re allowed to serve customers, it opens the floodgates for other branches to start demanding what internet users can and cannot access on services they are paying for. Policing the internet for harmful and illegal content is difficult, but without any sort of clarity (of which there is none here), SAFCT is asking for a blanket ban on websites it deems illegal, without any real say from the people accessing them.

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It’s shaky at best, and ISPs are seemingly not ready to comply (based on the grounds that it’s simply too easy to get around measures put in place to stop users).

Last Updated: July 17, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Admiral Chief


  • cloudzn

    Safact and FPB are two organisations I would love to see close

  • Good luck with that in this shitty little 3rd world country xD

  • Matthew Holliday

    They bring this up like every 6 months.
    Whats different about it this time?

    • Game of Thrones month

      • Hammersteyn

        I mean yeah there’s that.

        • Last year exact same timing

          • Hammersteyn

            The best part about GOT is binge watching the whole season in one go. Will do it either on Showmax or Netflix.

          • I can’t, I am to addicted to 9Gag. And that is spoiler valley.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            They should rename it 9GoT.

          • They should yes.

            “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy”

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s Star Trek, you scruffy looking time lord.

          • That’s “time lady” to you!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor
          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Who is that strange looking woman?

          • Sasha Grey

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It’s a good thing I have safe search on while at work.

          • lol did you actually have to google that name… and you write entertainment articles…tisk tisk tisk

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            If we need to have the entertainment/porn discussion, you can’t get upset when I call anime porn. 😀

          • Nowhere was the word “porn” used xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            When it’s the 1st result of a google search, you don’t need to. 😛

          • 50 Shades of Trevor search history

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Technically 50 shades of (sasha) grey 😀

          • HvR

            *grey bush

          • lol

          • Hammersteyn

            I’ve peeled away from that, no banana for scale on how big my addiction was.

      • Matthew Holliday

        Scary thing is, its probably accurate.

        I mean, just doing research and stuff, I see that 6 of the top 10 current torrents are the new GoT episode.
        All that revenue…

    • Hammersteyn

      Not a single thing.

  • Hammersteyn

    Ah South Africa, putting people in charge of organizations who has zero qualifications or knowledge about the industry they’re in charge off. Is it almost time to dust of my generator again?

    • My little $2 VPN will laugh all the way until winter comes.

      • Hammersteyn

        Which VPN is that?

        • cyberghost

          • Hammersteyn


          • $2.50 a month if you take a year.

          • Hammersteyn

            Not bad at all, if I need one in the future I’ll look them up.

          • 57% off for July only doe ;P

          • R1ker

            Does this one work to watch america’s netflix?

          • Unfortunately not.

            I have heard some out there still do, but Netflix checks for a proxy and then blocks. So even those that still found a way around are going to get the stick soon.

    • MonsterCheddar
    • HvR

      All the guysup north should cosplay as Pirate ninja and go sing the You are a Pirate song in front of the SAFACT booth at Rage for the whole day and get everyone walking past to sing a long.

  • Magoo

    South Africa is like the frog in that bar and nail joke… Got any bread?

  • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    I know which flag I’ll be flying during the Game of Thrones season….

    • HvR

      Needs moAAAAARRR pirate ninja

  • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    You wouldn’t steal a car…. (ha ha ha ha ha)

    • Maybe not. But I sure as hell will download one though.

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    It’s a pirates life for me xD

  • Baba ladlaaa

    No matter how many barriers the government put in the way, people will still find a way to download or stream free videos and related content and all that because internet was made on the idea of freedom. Content that can be accessed by any one any time any where.
    People including me are using services like ivacy vpn or proxies to unblock sites and content that the governments are trying to band.

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