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The UK’s High Court has made a pair of rulings that could be extremely significant for the music industry’s battle against stream-ripping and piracy. The judgements came in a case involving online storage service Nitroflare, and another focusing on several stream-ripping sites including Flvto and 2Conv. The key point isn’t just that the sites were ruled to be breaking the law, but that ISPs should block access to them as a result.

The BPI, which coordinated the cases on behalf of major and independent labels, is understandably chuffed with the results. “These two new judgments are important both legally and practically. They are not a silver bullet, but they develop existing European law and represent a significant step forwards in copyright law in the UK,” said Kiaron Whitehead, general counsel at the BPI, promising more legal action ahead as a result of the rulings.

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