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UK's six biggest ISPs forced to block SolarMovie and TubePlus

Thursday, November 14th 2013 by Dean Reilly
Court order forces major ISPs to block SolarMovie and TubePlus

Two illegal streaming sites are set to be blocked by the UK's biggest ISPs.

Customers of the UK's six biggest internet service providers (ISPs) will be prevented from accessing the SolarMovie and TubePlus websites, which allow users to view a vast range of copyright-infringing content.

The move, which will affect subscribers of BT, EE, O2, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, comes after the Motion Picture Association's (MPA's) EMEA division won orders from the High Court to enforce the blocking measures.

In a written verdict, the High Court declared that the two sites directly infringe copyright, as they make film and TV content available to the public without permission from rights holders.

Under the terms of the court orders, both blocks must be implemented by early December.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, EMEA President and Managing Director at the MPA Chris Marcich said illegitimate sites such as these are holding back growth for legal online streaming services.

"We want an internet that works for everyone, where the creative property of artists and creators is protected along with the privacy and security of all users," he added. 

"The internet must be a place for investment, innovation and creativity."

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