According to the BBC in a landmark decision, A High Court judge in Britain has ruled that British Telecom (BT) must block access to a website which provides links to pirated movies.
The case involved a site call Newzbin 2 which had links to pirated movies.
This is a landmark case since its the first time that an ISP has been ordered to block access to such a site.”
“It paves the way for other sites to be blocked as part of a major crackdown on piracy.”
The court said in part
“In my judgment it follows that BT has actual knowledge of other persons using its service to infringe copyright: it knows that the users and operators of Newzbin 2 infringe copyright on a large scale, and in particular infringe the copyrights of the studios in large numbers of their films and television programmes. It knows that the users of Newzbin 2 include BT subscribers, and it knows those users use its service to receive infringing copies of copyright works made available to them by Newzbin 2.”
Justice Arnold ruled that BT must use its blocking technology CleanFeed, which is currently used to prevent access to websites featuring child sexual abuse, to block Newzbin 2.
BT said it will not appeal the ruling.