The days of pirating films in the UK for users of Britain’s largest internet provider may be numbered. In the High Court this morning, major Hollywood studios won a test case against the ISP with the judge saying he would impose an order to restrict BT customers’ access to Newzbin2, a site which propagates major films.
Today’s winners include Paramount Pictures and Disney Enterprises, but even more important is the case. According to IBTimes, this is the first case in the UK in which an internet provider has been forced to block access to a website under the 1988 Copyright, Design and Patents Acts. Even more shocking is that BT told Reuters the company thinks the ruling is “helpful” and is not going to appeal against the decision.
It looks like Newzbin2 and its 700,000 members will need to find a new site to download movies. I’m sure there’s more than a few torrent sites on the net willing to step up and fill the void, but at least Hollywood managed to walk away with a win for once. The never-ending fight against piracy continues.