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Hollywood Beefs Up Piracy War, Appeal To Close Down Newzbin2

Hollywood film studios have beefed up the intensity of their battle against piracy, and will be heading to the London high court for ensuring a decisive victory against websites that allegedly promote piracy, according to a new report.

The Motion Pictures Association, backed by industry giants Fox, Disney, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros, is going to appeal to the high court in London to force BT to cut off the access to the “notorious” Newzbin2, a website that allegedly sends users to thousands of pirated movies and music.

The website in question was subjected to another trial barely a couple of years back, but it failed to make any impact on ground zero as the operator of the site went into administration right away, and resumed its operation under a new management team from overseas - far away from the reach of UK laws.

Having learned a valuable lesson from that defeat, the MPA is now planning to block the access to the website, rather than taking it offline for good.

"The survival of our business depends on the revenues we receive for our content. Our recent film, The King's Speech, is available on the Newzbin2 website without our consent. Neither we, nor the filmmakers, receive anything for this,” Spyro Markesinis, the vice president of legal affairs for Momentum Pictures said, the Guardian reports (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.