UK court issues simplified foreign pirate website blocking orders

The UK High Court has made a court order requiring UK ISPs to block access to three hugely popular peer-to-peer file-sharing web sites based outside the UK.

The court order requires BSkyB, British Telecom, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, Telefonica and Virgin Media to block access to H33T, Fenopy, and KAT, on the ground that each service provider “has actual knowledge of another person using their service to infringe copyright”.

As Wragge & Co reports, the court let the claimants off the task of trying to find the operators of the websites in order to formally serve them with notice of the application, accepting it would be pointless to do so.

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