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Big UK ISPs Set to Block SolarMovie and Tubeplus Piracy Websites

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 (2:51 pm) - Score 4,991

The EMEA division of the Motion Picture Association (MPA) has successfully won fresh court orders from the High Court in London that will require all of the United Kingdom’s six biggest broadband ISPs to block their customers from accessing the SolarMovie and Tubeplus websites over “illegal” Internet streaming content.

The two sites join an increasingly long list of Internet piracy havens that have been aggressively targeted by Rights Holders, which only last month expanded dramatically to include 21 additional websites (here). As in previous cases the MPA is understood to have used Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act to impose the ban.

Chris Marcich, President of the MPA (EMEA), said (here):

Legitimate content markets help everyone. 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. The internet must be a place for investment, innovation and creativity and today‚Äôs verdict represents a step towards realizing this.”

Meanwhile critics of related Internet filtering (censorship) systems warn that such approaches remain easy to circumvent and may thus only serve to promote the existence of such websites.

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Mark Jackson
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Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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9 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    “Legitimate content markets help everyone”

    Indeed. So, come up with some and perhaps I can then buy from them.

  2. Avatar Captain Cretin says:

    Thank you for promoting “the existence of such websites”; I am off to see what they offer :-p

  3. Avatar Sledgehammer says:

    When all these banning orders finally come to an end and there are NO more sites to ban, Illegal downloads will still be going on.

    They will have NOT achieved what they hoped.

  4. Avatar HAHA says:


  5. Avatar robert jones says:

    we pay for our broadband so we should be able to download and watch what we want,the isp should pay towards the copyright content of what we view,viola :))

  6. Avatar Gene Hunt says:

    “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.”

    roughly translated that means:

    We want an internet, where we can control what you watch and there’s nothing you can do about because we are in charge and you are not so there!

  7. Avatar four_eyes says:


  8. Avatar adarwen says:

    i think its unfair that they won that case
    there are people that dont want to go to the cinema or watch it on the tv
    and there are people that arent able to see them at specific times of the day due to work or disabilitys so again unfair
    we humans have a right to watch what we want and where we want it
    so who ever decided the websites should be banned in the uk I hope u will reverse the ban and allow us humans to be free in where we watch our stuff

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