The UK’s largest internet service provider (ISP) BT, is being taken to court by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), who represents the likes of Warner, Sony, Fox, Disney and Paramount over the ISP allowing its users to access Newzbin a website where pirated material can easily be viewed. The main reason for BT being taken to court and no any other ISP is simple, they are the largest ISP in the UK and therefore this case will act as baseline.
However, Newzbin are currently in administration this is because the site was ordered last year to remove content because it was infringing copyrights, so it all seems to be rather strange, especially why the MPAA are going after an ISP when they could be going after the websites that offer the material in the first place.
According to Chris Marchich from the Motion Picture Association of America;
“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,”
“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.”