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Artist promotion website blocked by the major providers
Monday 03 December 2012 18:19:24 by Andrew Ferguson

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Those following the story of The Pirate Bay have yet another tale to tell their grandchildren in years to come, as it appears the site is being blocked by Virgin Media, Be and BT as it was included on the list of sites the courts ordered the providers to block earlier in the year.

Promobay for those not aware of it, exists to help promote new and interesting music acts, though the mission statement of the site is to 'break the music industry'. Perhaps that is why it ended up on the block list some months ago, for now it is just a plain webpage with links to five youtube videos, and a way for artists to add themselves plus an optional torrent/magnet link.

So while this episode shows the problems of web blocking, one cannot help but wonder if the website in question was actually setup with the primary purpose of demonstrating how blocking can impact on other more legitimate sites.

Update 4th December, it appears that blocking varies according to whether it is or that you use as the URL.


Posted by Apilar over 4 years ago
Not blocked by BT.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 4 years ago
So all I need now is a few more replies, and we can update to say they aren't blocking it :-)
Posted by ian9outof10 over 4 years ago
I can still see it on Virgin too.
Posted by Ricksterm over 4 years ago
seems to be unblocked for me too on VM
Posted by BobtheSkutter over 4 years ago
Blocked on my BT account
Posted by jelv over 4 years ago
Not blocked by Plusnet
Posted by MCM999 over 4 years ago
Nor on Be assuming that "Jack Moy and Glöden" really are being promoted by a site that tells me it is promo bay.
Posted by fibrebunny over 4 years ago
Blocked - BT
Posted by Kojja over 4 years ago
Not blocked by Virgin.
Posted by ccsnet over 4 years ago
Blocked - BT
Posted by drteeth over 4 years ago
According to the web site, it IS at least run by The Pirate Bay.
Posted by rian over 4 years ago
Not blocked- O2
Posted by pcoventry76 over 4 years ago
VM have blocked yet works..

totally weird.
Posted by JttB over 4 years ago
same for me on TalkTalk pccoventry.

If I go to it without the www I get puched too

Posted by whem over 4 years ago
BE blocks the, yet lets through, hooray for really clearly defined blocking policies.

The address, only the address and no other address - what do you mean you can still get to the site?!?!

Hooray for the warped process that is site blocking in the UK - NOT!
Posted by Apilar over 4 years ago
Blocked by BT folks are probably using BT DNS.
Posted by mitchja over 4 years ago
not blocked by Sky either.
Posted by rian over 4 years ago blocked by O2, but is NOT blocked by O2, strange?
Posted by Mince1978 over 4 years ago
Keep blasting out those torrents guys... at 25 bloody quid for a bluray we need to download as much as possible!! ;-)
Posted by Mince1978 over 4 years ago
I tether my laptop to my mobile and go straight to ThePirateBay with no hassle....With a totally uncapped 10meg in the early ours its wkd..! ;-) lol
Posted by otester over 4 years ago


Use VPN for top P2P speeds.

Highest in my area: 1.3MB/s (yeh, B not b :)


Same situation here but on Sky.
Posted by otester over 4 years ago
Posted by pzw123 over 4 years ago
Not blocked by BT (but using Google DNS)
Posted by machanch over 4 years ago
I am on VM and it works for me, but then I an currently using google DNS. I have never used any of my service providers DNS servers. My other DNS is openDNS
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