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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > ISP Was Forced to Block Usenet Indexing Site

ISP Was Forced to Block Usenet Indexing Site

ISP Was Forced to Block Usenet Indexing Site

Added: Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
It was more than 3 months ago that the MPA was getting ready to make an unprecedented move against illegal file-sharing in the United Kingdom, with their prospective targets being broadband provider BT and Usenet indexing service Newzbin. Although the MPA refused to confirm the information, it still went to court to ask for injunction to have BT block Newzbin in the United Kingdom.

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When the MPA was contacted to reveal more information a few months ago, there were no relevant information provided and Newzbin was also in the dark. However, today the picture clarified a bit. The MPA went to court, requiring an injunction against ISP BT to force it to block the resurrected version of the Newzbin service called Newzbin2. Now the MPA explained what it was doing, saying that its goal is to secure an order which will enable the Internet service provider to block access to Newzbin2. This will, it believes, prevent the service from using the web to make money via infringement.

When the organization first approached the ISP with a request to block the site, it had it denied. On the other hand, the ISP in question has confirmed that it has received paperwork, but refused to comment further.

John McVay, CEO for the PACT (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television), which is a British trade association engaged in representing and promoting the commercial interests of indie films and television, commented on the situation and welcomed the news, supporting the MPA’s announcement. It admitted that it’s a shame that a legal action has to be taken, but unauthorized services like Newzbin2 are claimed to pose a grave threat to PACT’s members having no resources to fight copyright infringement on the Internet by themselves.

In respond, Newzbin stated that the paperwork was a mere application but not yet a ruling of the court. The site promises to instruct attorneys to fight this on behalf of their British users, because “the MPA’s application to engage in censorship of the web just for their own interests would set a dangerous precedent in entire Western democracy”.

Although the site doesn’t feel like engaging in a polemic, it still has fully cooperated with DMCA requests received from copyright holders, so they are quite careful to act lawfully. Therefore, “drive-by” litigation like the MPA has launched will simply cut off access to legal content as well, which is, of course, unwarranted and disproportionate.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article


By:
SaM
December 21st, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Tuesday, December 21st, 2010



Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Blocked (2010-12-26 00:11:54)
No avatarThe MPA can go bu*g*r themselves! If BT broadband users are unable to access Newzbin or Newzbin2 directly, just use an anonymous proxy server. You might need to try a few to find one you can rely on! What a pointless waste of time by the MPA on behalf of some of the world's RICHEST companies. F*** MONEY! Incidentally, the majority of newsgroups content has NOTHING to do with copyright infringement. SHARE LOVE! SHARE WHATEVER YOU CAN!



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