26th May 2015
The High Court has granted an application by the Publishers Association (PA) to block access to seven websites which have been infringing copyright.
The application, made under 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, means that the UK's main internet service providers (ISPs) - BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE – will be required to block customer access to the seven sites...
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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