In the latest victory for the major Hollywood film studios against online piracy, the six largest UK ISPs have been ordered to block access to illegal streaming sites SolarMovie and Tubeplus.
The coalition of studios – Paramount, Universal Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros and Disney Enterprises – had gone to the London High Court to request that Mr Justice Arnold act over the two websites. And, applying the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, Justice Arnold declared himself satisfied with the studios’ evidence that over 99% of the content accessible via each website was likely to be protected by copyright, and that the operators or users of the target websites utilised the ISPs in order to infringe the copyrights of the UK claimants.
In a written verdict, Arnold stated that, “viewed from the perspective of the user, the Websites do in a very real sense make the content available to the public”.
“These websites steal creative works for their own, untaxed, profit whilst paying nothing back to creators themselves,” says Christine Payne, chair, Creative Coalition Campaign and general-secretary, Equity. “It is right and proper that legal, proportionate action be taken to tackle these sites to help turn the tide of widespread online copyright infringement.”