26th May 2015
The Publishers Association (PA) has won its High Court action to secure the blocking of seven websites that have been infringing copyright "on a massive scale"
Under the Court order, BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE will be required to block their customers' access to these sites. The recent Publishers Association conference heard that a similar judgment in favour of the film industry had caused infringing sites to suffer 73% drops in activity...
PA Chief Executive Richard Mollet said: "A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement. Our members need to be able to protect their authors' works from such illegal activity; writers need to be paid and publishers need to be able to continue to innovate and invest in new talent and material.
"We are very pleased that the High Court has granted this order and, in doing so, recognises the damage being inflicted on UK publishers and authors by these infringing websites."
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