Being ordered to block all access to the notorious file-sharing website Newzbin2, UK’s BT now has 14 days to comply according to a judge’s saying.
Back in July the Kingdom’s biggest ISP received a court order, forcing it to cut all access to the infringing website. Not only that, but the internet provider has also been ordered to pay the costs of implementing the block.
BT’s nemesis is the MPA (Motion Picture Association) which, after obtaining the victory, stated:
“This is a win for the creative sector. Securing the intervention of the ISPs was the only way to put the commercial pirates out of reach for the majority of consumers,” said Chris Marcich, president and managing director of the association.
“This move means that we can invest more in our own digital offerings, delivering higher quality and more variety of products to the consumer.”
Lord Puttnam CBE, President of the Film Distributors’ Association said:
“This is a very significant day for the UK’s creative industries. The law is clear. Industrial online piracy is illegal and can be stopped.”
Newzbin2 has been described by the MPA as “a criminal organisation whose business model is based on wholesale copyright infringement.”
Critics said that blocking a website is not going to put a stop to piracy. The alternative would be to offer affordable products and a better understanding of global economy.
Last’s week study – conducted by the Open Rights Group – shows that only 43% of the top 50 British films can be bought or rented online, while 58% of the BAFTA Best Films awarded winners since 1960 have been made available.
Peter Bradwell – an ORG campaigner – agreed that such drastic measures could set a dangerous precedent.
“Website blocking simply will not work. It’s a dangerous technological intervention when the legal markets are still a mess,” he said.
“Consumers have moved online a lot quicker than the creative industries. The focus should be on making sure they catch up with consumer demand instead of these deranged plans to censor what people are allowed to look at.”
It remains to be seen if BT will manage to cut off all access to Newzbin2.