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STUDIOS DEMAND THAT BRITISH ISP SHUT OUT ALLEGED PIRATE SITE

June 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Taking a new tack in its fight against online piracy, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and Disney have launched a court battle in London in an effort to force the country’s leading Internet service provider, BT (or British Telecom), to cut off access to Newzbin 2, a U.K.-based website with 700,000 members that the studios claim is engaging in piracy “on a grand scale.” Last year the studios successfully fought the original Newzbin, winning a court decree ordering Newzbin to remove all of the studios’ movies. But another group quickly was able to gain access to the Newzbin source code and create another, almost identical file-sharing site. Responding to the studios’ demand, BT said that if the court accedes to it, it would represent the “thin end of the wedge” leading to hundreds of injunctions. It imagined other claimants seeking “orders blocking access to websites alleged to contain defamatory allegations or private and confidential information.”