Court Orders BT to implement web blocking

Mr Justice Arnold in the High Court ruled on 26 October 2011 that BT has 14 days to block access to a site that links to pirated movies.

The parties who were BT and the Motion Picture Association (MPA), and who originally brought the case in July went back in Court this week to work out how the blocking will work.

Mr Justice Arnold had previously ordered the Internet Service Provider to block access to Newzbin 2 on copyright infringement grounds.

In his Ruling, Mr Justice Arnold stated: “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 Newzbin 2 infringe copyright on a large scale, and in particular infringe the copyrights of the studios in large numbers of their films and television programmes.”

This is a landmark case as it is the first time an Internet Service Provider has been ordered to block access to such a site.

It paves the way for other sites to be blocked as part of a major crackdown on piracy.