Striking another blow to open culture crusaders and cheapskates everywhere, United Kingdom ISP TalkTalk has complied with a British High Court order to block access to popular media sharing website The Pirate Bay.
The move was the latest in a long line of hurdles raised by authorities to prevent accessing the surprisingly resilient site, which has faced censorship since its launch in Sweden in 2004 for alleged copyright violations. The Pirate Bay primarily functions as a directory for users engaged in peer-to-peer bit torrent sharing, and until recent restrictions was one of the most visited websites in the world. But it has faced legal action from copyright-holders associations around the globe.
The last remaining British ISP for The Pirate Bay is expected to block the site soon. Until then users can still visit—but the high seas of Internet piracy just got a lot rougher.