BT must block access to an illegal file-sharing website, the high court has ruled.
The court ruled in favour of trade body the Motion Picture Association, which counts Warner Bros, Fox, Disney and Paramount Pictures amongst its members, effectively forcing BT to block access to Newzbin2. The site reportedly receives over £1 million (€1.1 million) from 700,000 users for illegally providing links to pirated TV series and movies.
Justice Arnold said BT was responsible under section 9A of the Copyright Act to take steps to block the site. “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 Newzbin2 infringe copyright on a large scale, and in particular infringe the copyrights of the studios in large numbers of their films and television programmes,” he said.