Magazine article Screen International

High Court Issues Site Blocking Orders

Magazine article Screen International

High Court Issues Site Blocking Orders

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Orders require the six largest UK ISPs to block access to two illegal streaming sites, SolarMovie and Tubeplus; MPA's Chris Marcich [pictured] says "we have an obligation to take action against illegal websites".

Following on from orders last month to block access to five illegal websites, the High Court has today issued further site blocking Orders.

The Orders require the six largest UK ISPs - BT, Sky, Virgin Media, EE, TalkTalk and 02 - to block access to two illegal streaming sites, SolarMovie and Tubeplus.

In a written verdict, Lord Justice Arnold ruled that these sites directly infringe copyright and stated that "viewed from the perspective of the user, the Websites do in a very real sense make the content available to the public".

Chris Marcich, president and managing director (EMEA), MPA, commented: "If we are to ensure that people everywhere have the continued ability to create new ideas and be rewarded for their creation, then the status quo of online content theft cannot continue. We have an obligation to take action against illegal websites that steal content and refuse to take it down when asked to by the owners of that material. …

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