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Websites blocked in Belgium

The precise number of websites blocked in Belgium is unknown. Blocking may vary from one Internet Service Provider (ISP) to another with some sites blocked by some ISPs and not by others.

Site blocks in Belgium are at this moment only based on DNS Hijacking and can be trivially circumvented using third party DNS public servers, Tor, the Pirate Browser version of Tor, VPNs, site specific and general web proxies, and other circumvention techniques.

Contents

  • Verification 1
  • Court-ordered blocked websites 2
    • Notes 2.1
  • Unilaterally blocked websites 3
  • Gambling regulations blocked websites 4
  • Links 5
  • References 6

Verification

There is no official complete register of blocked sites. Blocked content includes:

  • Court orders (mainly for copyright issues)
  • Unilateral blocking (some websites have been reported as being blocked without any known court order on the sole initiative of certain ISPs)
  • Gambling regulations (Belgian gambling laws requires a Gambling business to have a local physical gambling point and proper license in order to provide online gambling)[1]

The only reported technique used by Belgian ISPs to block such websites is DNS Hijacking where requests toward the blocked websites would be redirected to a government owned web page: the "StopPage".[2 1][2]

Court-ordered blocked websites

These are the sites explicitly listed and blocked by court cases in Belgium.
Site name Domain or URL Type of site Reason ISPs in Court Case Blocked By[3] Start date

Resolution date

The Pirate Bay
  • thepiratebay.se
  • thepiratebay.org
  • thepiratebay.net
  • thepiratebay.com
  • thepiratebay.nu
  • piratebay.org
  • piratebay.net
  • piratebay.se
  • piratebay.no
  • jimkeyser.se
  • ripthepiratebay.com
Torrent Indexer Copyright[4]
  • Belgacom
  • Telenet
  • Numericable[1 1]
  • Mobistar[1 1]
  • Voo
November 2011[4][5][6][7]

Notes

  1. ^ a b It is important to note that despite the fact that only two ISPs were actually concerned in this court order, many other ISPs have implemented the same blocking without any specific court order. It is not fully known which ISPs decided to enforce this ruling or not.

Unilaterally blocked websites

These are the sites blocked by some ISPs in Belgium without any known related court-order. It is believed that these blockings are the result of pressure by the Belgian Anti-piracy Federation (BAF)[2 2] who threatened ISPs of heavy legal fees should they not comply with their request.[8][9][10][11] The list of ISPs below is probably incomplete as each ISP can decide individually on the matter.
Case name Domain or URL Type of site Reason Blocked by[3] Start date

Resolution date

The Pirate Bay
  • thepiratebay.se
  • depiraatbaai.be
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Numericable
  • Telenet
  • Voo
December 2011[12]
IsoHunt
  • isohunt.com
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Numericable
  • Telenet
  • Voo
unknown Site moved to new domain in

October 2013[13]

KickAssTorrents
  • kat.ph
  • kickass.to
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Numericable
  • Telenet
  • Voo
August 2013[14]
BitSnoop
  • bitsnoop.com
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Telenet
  • Voo
August 2013[14]
ExtraTorrent
  • extratorrent.cc
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Telenet
  • Voo
August 2013[14]
h33t
  • h33t.com
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Numericable
  • Telenet
  • Voo
August 2013[14] Site moved to new domain in

December 2013[15]

monova
  • monova.org
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Telenet
  • Voo
unknown
TorrentReactor
  • torrentreactor.net
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Numericable
  • Telenet
  • Voo
unknown
TorrentHound
  • torrenthound.com
Torrent Indexer Copyright
  • Belgacom
  • Mobistar
  • Telenet
  • Voo
unknown

Gambling regulations blocked websites

The list of blocked gambling websites is the only official publicly available and maintained blocklist in Belgium. The list is available on the official Belgian Gaming Commission website.[16][2 3]

Links

  1. ^
  2. ^ anti-piracy.be
  3. ^ gamingcommission.be

References

  1. ^
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  3. ^ a b Source : DNS Lookups on ISP DNS Servers
  4. ^ a b
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  14. ^ a b c d
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