BT Told to Block Newzbin Website Within 14 Days

UK Telco BT has been ordered to block access to Newzbin within the next 14 days, as well as any other IP addresses or URLs that the team behind Newzbin might use.

The written judgement was issued by the high court and is the first time that a website is facing a permanent block by an ISP in the UK under Copyright law. BT is now legally responsible for blocking the website which includes financing any implementation as well.

The ruling could be extended to other ISPs in the country and potentially to mobile phone operators like Vodafone or Three Mobile.

Justice Arnold sided with a coalition of Hollywood studios as well as the BPI and rejected a request by BT for studios to give a cross undertaking in damages.

He also pointed out that "BT has actual knowledge of other persons using its service to infringe copyright: it knows that the users and operators of Newzbin2 infringe copyright on a large scale, and in particular infringe the copyrights of the Studios in large numbers of their films and television programmes".

BT says that the initial cost of implementation of the blocking order will be £5000 with each subsequent notification priced at £100.

Newzbin2 is said to have more than 700,000 members and generates in excess of £1 million per year by providing copies of films, TV programmes as well as games and music tracks.