Peer to Peer technology used for TV and video distribution
The MPA, Hollywood, and the entertainment industry as a whole have scored a victory of sorts over illegal file-sharing in the U.K. But it’s a plaster being used on a gaping wound, and a waste of both time and money in the longterm.
This week saw a British judge rule that BT had just 14 days to block all access to Newzbin2, a website which indexes content, both legal and illegal, available through Usenet. This follows on from an injunction having been sought in June by the MPA (Motion Picture Association), the international counterpart to the MPAA.
In July the court ruled in favor of the MPA, and this week’s ruling gives the ISP a set time limit to block its users from accessing the site. Furthermore BT is being forced to cover the whole cost of doing so, and has to keep adding URLs and IP addresses leading to Newzbin2 to a blacklist at the behest of the MPA.