Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hollywood Studios Win U.K. Case on Piracy Blocking

News Corp. (NWSA)'s Twentieth Century Fox and five other Hollywood film studios won a U.K. ruling forcing BT Group Plc (BT/A), Britain's biggest Internet-service provider, to block access to a website that promotes online piracy.

The judgment in London today is the first of its kind and the studios said it could be used to win similar orders against other ISPs. Fox,Universal StudiosWarner Bros., Viacom Inc. (VIA/B)'s Paramount Pictures and Sony Corp. (6758)'s Columbia Pictures were backed in the case by the Motion Picture Association of America.

The ruling "is a victory for millions of people working in the U.K. creative industries and demonstrates that the law of the land must apply online," Chris Marcich, a regional managing director for the film association, said in a statement.

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