The debate rumbles on about whether ISPs in the UK should be forced to block sites linked to infringing activity from a music perspective, but the movie industry is also pressing on this front. The Motion Picture Association will be in the UK’s High Court today, trying to force ISP BT to block filesharing website Newzbin. The move follows a High Court order against the site last year, which the MPA says had no effect due to Newzbin entering administration then setting up shop overseas. “The High Court found Newzbin guilty of infringing copyright and ordered it to stop and within a few weeks a new version appeared on the net,” says Lord Puttnam, president of the Film Distributors’ Association, describing the action as an “important test case which we all hope will help us to prevent theft and infringement online.” An MPA spokesperson says BT is the focus of today’s High Court bid because “it’s the largest and already has the technology in place, through its Cleanfeed system, to block the site”. The MPA’s equivalents in the music industry will be watching closely to see which way the verdict swings. Source: Telegraph
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