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UK broadband providers have resolved a technical problem which prevented many consumers from accessing around 100 legitimate websites.

As reported by ISPreview.co.uk, an issue with the providers' internet censorship systems meant the websites for Crystal Palace FC, Radio Times and Taylor Swift among others were inadvertently blocked.

The news provider explained that the issue, which came to light this week, occurred because rights holders failed to check their data.

Action taken by the Premier League to defend its copyright has resulted in a number of court orders banning websites deemed to facilitate infringement.

However, the offending IP addresses and URLs are connected with other bona fide websites, and these have found themselves blocked as a knock-on effect.

ISPreview.co.uk said the problem has affected customers of Sky, Virgin Media, BT and "a few other internet service providers".

A Sky spokesperson told the news provider that the firm "only ever blocks websites in line with court orders".

"Some websites may be inadvertently blocked as a result of avoidance actions taken by operators impacted by court orders," the representative stated.

"We have an established process in place which monitors this type of disruptive behaviour, and when we discover it, we take the necessary steps to remove any unintended blocks."

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