Battle against online piracy steps up
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28 February 2013
Proactive steps taken by
content owners to battle online piracy
the UK the High Court has ordered ISPs accounting for 94% of the UK
broadband market to block access to 3 popular music and movie file
sharing websites as record labels such as Sony, Universal and EMI step
up the battle against online piracy.
In last weeks judgment Mr. Justice Arnold
ordered Sky, BT, O2, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and Everything Everywhere
to block or at the least impede access to the offending sites KAT ,
Fenopy and H33T which apparently generated extensive traffic in the UK.
The offending sites allow visitors to
download music and movies through bit torrents, without paying a penny.
The High Court ruling is the third to be issued in the last couple of
years, in past rulings ISPs have been ordered to block access to the
famous Pirate Bay and Newsbin1 sites in previous attempts to curb
Each of the websites claimed they operated
a policy whereby they would remove copyrighted material upon a takedown
request, however court action was pursued as record companies claimed
that attempts to get the sites to remove material breaching copyright
had proved ineffective.
The chief executive of the British
Phonographic Industry, Geoff Taylor, commented that despite the law
lagging behind modern technology and the access to such sites still
being available through proxy addresses, the High Court rulings have
proven effective .
By Rehana Ali, a
paralegal at Lawdit that may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2013-03-15 08:49:36 in Legal Articles