BT under pressure to stop you watching films online
Hollywood is having a bad time of it at the moment, basically because it is made up entirely of idiots. For example, there's a bit of excitement surrounding a film called Super 8 which has been released in America. However, for some stupid, arbitrary reason, it isn't hitting UK screens 'til August. By this time, you will have invariably seen a whole bunch of spoilers and whatnot, so you may as well watch it online, illegally.
Watching it online means you don't have to deal with idiot humans spoiling your fun in a cinema screen also.
Of course, this is a big problem for those who want to make money from films. So, instead of looking at ways in which the whole cinematic process could be improved, people like the Motion Picture Association have turned against That Nasty Internet for spoiling everything.
Naturally, chasing every IP address on Earth is too time consuming and expensive, so the logical answer is to harangue ISPs so they do the dirty work instead. The MPA have decided to hound BT to block copyright-infringing content by seeking an injunction which will force the ISP to refuse everyone access to download site Newzbin. The MPA is also lobbying the Government to implement a web-blocking system to prevent people from accessing illegal download sites.
However, the ISPs want to be onside with those that pay their phone bills as that's where the money is - not some already wealthy coalition of studios in America.
BT say: “We can confirm that we will be appearing in court, following an application for an injunction by members of the MPA. We have no further comment to make at this stage.”
It is thought that BT will probably tell the MPA to sling their hook because, if they play ball, other ISPs will be able to say 'we would've fought them... come to us with your direct debits please'. The MPA say: "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."
And what do Newzbin have to say about it all? A spokesperson told The Telegraph that attempts to shut Newzbin down would always fail because “we can run faster than them [the MPA] and shapeshift”.