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Virgin Media starts blocking Newzbin2

Last UK ISP to shut down access
Tue Aug 14 2012, 10:41
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UK INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP) Virgin Media has started blocking access to the usenet web site Newzbin2, making it the last ISP in the UK to do so.

The firm said that it only recently received the court order, and was complying with some reservations. A spokesperson said that as a company it thinks there are better solutions to the 'piracy problem' than blocking web sites.

"Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring it to prevent access to Newzbin in order to help protect against copyright infringement," said the spokesperson.

"As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to the company, but strongly believes that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives to give consumers access to great content at the right price."

We can access the Newzbin2 web site on a Virgin Media account at the time of writing so the firm might still be in the process of implementing the block.

Virgin Media is the last of the major ISPs to start blocking access to Newzbin2 and its court order has come around a year after BT received one.

In November 2011 Virgin Media, Sky and Talktalk acknowledged that they had also been asked to block access to Newzbin2 by the Motion Picture Association.

All declined to do so, however, until presented with court orders. µ


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