Major UK Internet service provider Virgin Media has finally been ordered by the courts to block subscriber access to file-sharing site, Newzbin2. The company had rejected earlier calls by rights groups such as the Motion Picture Association to block the site voluntarily. The company issued the following statement yesterday:
"We’ve received an order from the courts requiring us to prevent access to Newzbin in order to help protect against copyright infringement,” the company said. "As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to us, but we strongly believe that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives to give consumers access to great content at the right price."
Virgin Media joins other ISP's who have been ordered by the UK courts to block the site including BT, SKY, and TalkTalk.