Magazine article Screen International

High Court Gives BT 14 Days to Block Access to Fileshare Site Newzbin2

Magazine article Screen International

High Court Gives BT 14 Days to Block Access to Fileshare Site Newzbin2

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High Court gives BT 14 days from today [25] to block illegal filesharing site in win for studios and creative sector.

The UK High Court has handed down a written judgement to internet service provider BT, in which it orders the telecoms giant to block illegal filesharing site Newzbin2 within 14 days.

The landmark case, brought on by the US studios, marks the first time a website has been blocked by an ISP in the UK under copyright law and places responsibility directly on BT not only to block the site but also to finance the implementation of the blockage.

The court also ordered BT to pay the lions share of the legal costs and rejected BT's request for the studios to give a cross undertaking in damages.

Arnold J. of the High Court initially handed down his landmark judgment in July. The ruling reflects a clear recognition that under the existing law, courts can issue orders to prevent illegal activity online and that it is incumbent on ISPs to take significant action against offenders. …

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