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MPA seeks injunction to block Newzbin in UK

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 28 Jun 2011 0:07 User comments (3)

MPA seeks injunction to block Newzbin in UK Motion Picture Association trying to force BT to block NZB site.
The trade group is going to court, applying for an injunction forcing BT to cut off access to Newzbin, a popular Usenet-indexing website. Newzbin hosts NZB files, which can be combined with a newsreader software to locate content on Usenet binary groups.

The MPA is targeting BT because it is the largest service provider in the UK, and it also supplies the "Cleanfeed" website-blocking system to other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. The MPA is arguing that BT should block access to Newzbin the same way it blocks access to sites hosting child sex abuse images.

The MPA originally took action against Newzbin in the UK in 2010. Since then, Newzbin went into administration and sold its assets to new owners who launched a fresh version of the website.

"Newzbin has no regard for UK law and it is unacceptable that it continues to infringe copyright on a massive and commercial scale when it has been ordered to stop by the High Court," said Chris Marcich, European president of the MPA, in a statement. "We have explored every route to get Newzbin to take down the infringing material and are left with no option but to challenge this in the courts."

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3 user comments

128.6.2011 10:41

I can't speak for the folks in the UK, but I would certainly like to know how this would fair here in the US under the First Amendment. I can only surmise that it wouldn't, given the fact that the MPA is going after 'only' the Brits. Otherwise, I would have figured it would have been here as well.

228.6.2011 11:24

don't worry BT is a crap service in the uk go go fibre

328.6.2011 22:00

In what universe is indexing the perfectly legal USENET feed somehow a crime?

Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

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