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Arts groups tell BT to block access to The Pirate Bay

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UK arts lobby groups have demanded BT block access to the BitTorrent file sharing website, The Pirate Bay.

Music industry trade body, the BPI, said it would take legal action if the telecoms firm refused to co-operate.

The movie industry has already forced BT to block Newzbin 2, a members-only which aggregates illegally copied material.

BT said: "We can confirm we are now in receipt of a letter from the BPI. BT is considering its response."

The telecoms operator added that a court order would be needed before any blocking could begin.

A source told the BBC the firm was unlikely to fight a lengthy legal battle as it had in the Newzbin case.

"We would not tolerate Counterfeits 'R' Us on the High Street - if we want economic growth, we cannot accept illegal rip-off sites on the internet either," said the BPI's chief executive, Geoff Taylor.

Richard Mollet, chief executive of The Publishers Association added: "It is crucial that the creative sector keeps up the momentum of getting internet companies to do their bit in tackling illegal sites."

The Motion Picture Association, independents trade body PACT and the Creative Coalition Campaign also voiced their support.

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The Pirate Bay was launched in 2003 by a group of friends from Sweden and rapidly became one of the most famous file-sharing sites on the web.

Although it hosts no files itself, it does allow users to search for and get at copyrighted content including movies, games and TV shows.

In April 2009, the Swedish courts found the four founders of the site guilty of helping people circumvent copyright controls.

They ruling was upheld after an appeal in 2010, but the site continues to function.Article Source

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BT won't listen to them. They sound like a bunch of jumped out college drop-outs. BT will listen to money - not opinions.

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An interesting development. According to the EU, national courts can't order ISP's to block websites.

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/news/4900 ... works.html

A landmark ruling (PDF) at the European Court of Justice has ruled that a decision by the Belgian courts to force the implementation of a filtering system at the Belgian Internet Service Provider (ISP) Scarlet was incompatible with the Directive on electronic commerce. The ruling in the Belgian courts of SABAM (Belgian society of authors, composers and publishers) vs Scarlet, dating back to 2007, saw Scarlet forced to filter copyright infringing material or to face fines. The company decided to dispute the decision suggesting to the Brussels Court of Appeal that the injunction failed to comply with EU laws. The appeal court then asked the EU Court of Justice to determine whether it was legal for an EU member state to force filtering on a service provider.

The court decided that the rules and injunctions under national rules must respect the limitations of the European Union. National authorities, according to the E-Commerce directive, must not require an ISP to carry out general monitoring of the information that is transmitted on its network. The injunction put forwarded by the Belgian court also limited Scarlet's freedom to conduct business, as it was required to install the filtering system at its own expense.

The injunction would also affect Scarlet's customers, and the the EU courts have ruled that it would infringe upon their protection of personal data and right to receive or impart information, which are rights set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. The ruling says that IP addresses, which would be collected by the system are protected personal data and that the blocking could potentially limit the ability of people to transmit lawful content due to the systems in place being unable to adequately distinguish between lawful content and unlawful content.

"In adopting the injunction requiring Scarlet to install such a filtering system, the national court would not be respecting the requirement that a fair balance be struck between the right to intellectual property, on the one hand, and the freedom to conduct business, the right to protection of personal data and the right to receive or impart information, on the other.

Accordingly, the Court’s reply is that EU law precludes an injunction made against an internet service provider requiring it to install a system for filtering all electronic communications passing via its services which applies indiscriminately to all its customers, as a preventive measure, exclusively at its expense, and for an unlimited period.

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The Belgian court is now required to decide whether to accept the appeal by Scarlet using the ruling set out by the European court. This could have huge affects on existing laws in different countries, including the Digital Economy Act here in the UK, and HADOPI, used in France to force service providers to filter and block unlawful content. Injunctions which have forced broadband service providers to block access to websites such as the Newzbin could now be untenable, and we will likely see providers fighting any requests to do so.



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crumbs wrote:So someone else decides what you can and cannot look at and what you can and cannot do online. Welcome to the free world! I thought this kind of filtering only occured in the axis-of-evil countries?

God-willing, the TOR project will become much more popular with its recent Amazon EC2 routing capability.


Agreed. Blocking copyrighted material is the start of a slippery slope imo. Looks like it's illegal to block sites in EU countries though. Never thought I'd like any law coming from the EU. I think I might have found my first one :doh:



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I hope they dont block this site as it may affect some peoples downloading not that I would ever undertake in such an activity....... :whistler:



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crumbs wrote:^ What Smeggy's? What shite do you download from here, LLC? Is it copies of my posts that you read every night and rub one out to? LOL...


LOL, naw I meant the pirate bay :pp: Naw reading the posts on here once is more than enough..... :pp:



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I'm surprised I didn't see big banner headlines in the tabloids saying "EU supports piracy"!!!! :roll:



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LordNibbler wrote:I'm surprised I didn't see big banner headlines in the tabloids saying "EU supports piracy"!!!! :roll:


too busy fabricating tomorrow's Anti-Muslim War on Terror piece I should imagine

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