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The decision to block Sky broadband customers from accessing the TorrentFreak website was not a deliberate one, it has been claimed.

Last week, Sky users found themselves unable to access the site, a news source for the BitTorrent and peer-to-peer community.

Speaking to ISPreview.co.uk, a spokesperson for the broadband provider said this was an "inadvertent block" caused by EZTV pointing one of its URLs at TorrentFreak.

The outcome of a court case last month means Sky is required to block EZTV, a website deemed to help facilitate copyright infringement.

Legal action had been brought against EZTV by the Federation Against Copyright Theft and Motion Picture Association.

The Sky representative added that it has a process in place which monitors "disruptive behaviour", such as that affecting the TorrentFreak website.

"When we discover it, we will take the necessary steps to remove any unintended blocks," the Sky representative stated.

"To be clear, Sky only ever blocks sites in line with court orders.”

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