Landmark Ruling Sees High Court Order BT To Block Newzbin2 In Filesharing Clampdown

By Sam Gibbs on at

The high court has broken ground in the UK, with a first-of-its-kind copyright ruling ordering BT to block Newzbin2 within 14 days. The ruling follows the request of a coalition of Hollywood studios and could set a precedent leading to more filesharing clampdowns.

Justice Arnold passed judgement that will force the UK's largest ISP, BT, to block the usenet search engine indefinitely. Importantly the judge said:

"Furthermore, I do not consider that the studios should be obliged to return to court for an order in respect of every single IP address or URL that the operators of Newzbin2 may use."

It essentially means that no matter what Newsbin2 do regarding shifting IP addresses, or any other URL changes or linking, BT will have to prevent its customers from accessing it. The problem for BT, on top of interference with customers' browsing, is that they'll have to foot the entire bill regarding implementing and maintenance of the blockade themselves.

This landmark ruling might set a precedent that could see any and all filesharing facilitating sites blocked at the ISP level. Of course if you're tech savvy enough to get your content from usenet, chances are circumventing your ISP's blockade won't be all that much of a bother. When will content producers wise up and give us the content we want, in a way we want and for a price people are prepared to pay? [Guardian]