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BT Ordered To Block Usenet Binaries Index 308

First time accepted submitter eyeoftheidol writes "A judge in the UK has ordered the ISP BT to block access to filesharing site Newzbin2 within 14 days. From the article: 'Wednesday's court order also allows for the blocking of any other IP or internet address that the operators of the Newzbin2 site might look to use to continue to offer copyrighted content to users. In addition the court said BT must foot the bill for the cost of implementing the web block on Newzbin2.'"
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BT Ordered To Block Usenet Binaries Index

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  • Re:Totally insane! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sosume ( 680416 ) on Wednesday October 26, 2011 @10:24AM (#37843772) Journal

    "any other IP or internet address operators of the Newzbin2 site might look to use to continue to offer "

    I'd say that covers the full block. therefore, BT must terminate its ISP business.

  • Re:And next.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by durrr ( 1316311 ) on Wednesday October 26, 2011 @10:39AM (#37843970)
    What they should do instead is spread some small-sized copyrighted content(or parts of larger works) in Base64 on every single website that allows posting of comments/text and to report this terrible infrignment to both the judge, studios and BT. So that if BT actually complies with the demands they end up blocking 90% of the internet.
  • by cdrudge ( 68377 ) on Wednesday October 26, 2011 @11:00AM (#37844316) Homepage

    4.) BT must pay the costs for defending itself in the case, since it was insufficiently neutral by virtue of opposing the order.

    So if BT didn't defend itself, staying sufficiently neutral, they automatically would have been ruled against and had to implement it. From BT's point of view, they were fucked from the beginning. There was no way to oppose them having to do something AND remain neutral.

  • Free Speech (Score:4, Interesting)

    by alexgieg ( 948359 ) <> on Wednesday October 26, 2011 @12:33PM (#37845538) Homepage

    It'd be interesting for the sake of spicing things up if all these services, and the groups behind them, used "free speech" and similar terms as part of their names. The mainstream media would have a field day spreading news about an UK judge banning a site called "FreeSpeechNews" by "Team Combatants of Liberty", much more so at least than about him banning something as esoteric-sounding as "newzbin" by some guys who cal themselves dogs. Just imagine the headlines!

    Even pirates should lean the value of marketing. Use it for your own advantage. It might not be glamorous, but it's worth the effort.

I think there's a world market for about five computers. -- attr. Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board, IBM), 1943