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Court Orders BT to Block Piracy Site, MPA Delighted

The Motion Picture Association has won a landmark UK court order to force ISP BT to prevent its millions of users from accessing a file sharing website.

A UK high court issued an order for BT to block access to file sharing website Newzbin2, which allowed its users to download Hollywood movies and unlicensed software.

For the MPA, which comprises of Hollywood giants like Warner Bros, Fox, Disney and Paramount Pictures, this is a test project and if it succeeds, it plans to force other big UK ISPs to prevent its users from accessing pirate websites.

“This ruling from Justice Arnold is a victory for millions of people working in the UK creative industries and demonstrates that the law of the land must apply online," said Chris Marcich, MPA managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

"This court action was never an attack on ISPs, but we do need their cooperation to deal with the Newzbin site, which continually tries to evade the law and judicial sanction." he added.

BT on the other hand, maintained that the ruling proves that rights holders are required to prove in court if a particular website is infringing copyright before it gets blocked.

“This is a helpful judgement, which provides clarity on this complex issue,” another official statement read.

Ravi Mandalia

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