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Another provider ordered by court to block Newzbin

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012 10:55 AM

October 2011 saw a court order served on BT Retail for it to use its CleanFeed system to block access to Newzbin after a costly court battle for BT. A month later in December then Sky joined the blocking after another court order, and now a third order has resulted in TalkTalk being ordered to block access to Newzbin.

The news has emerged on the Slight Right of Centre website, which delves into the legal situation and how existing laws that are nothing to do with the recent Digital Economy Act or ACTA are involved.

All the previous court orders have given providers 14 days to comply, and so we assume the latest order will be no different. How effective the orders are is unclear, the blocking will stop the casual user who stumbles across Newzbin through search engines or links, but existing users are likely to use one of many work arounds to continue using the site.

One increasingly popular workaround is that people are paying for VPN connections to access the content, which raises the question, if people are willing to pay for a VPN link, then why are they not willing to pay for the content directly? The most likely reasons being, availability, prices charged, portable content (i.e. no DRM) and encoding quality of material that sites like Newzbin can offer.

The question now is whether in a few more weeks, will we see another court order, issued to a provider like Orange or O2, or are the targets going to be other websites. Expansion to encompass more sites offering a similar service runs the risk of increasing the frequency of false positives, (i.e. blocking sites unintentionally).


They really seem to be going after Newzbin, all the while it has been totally unaffected from what I can see by these changes, people don't even need a VPN as the ip address or https address still work fine

  • GMAN99
  • over 9 years ago

It's all about the abuse of power and control. It is these same people that massively increased Whitney Houston's music prices on iTunes and other legal download sites, they are just cashing in on the death of the artist by ripping the public off. They answered the acquations with "due to the death this would increase the sales which will also increase the production costs". Rubbish as they are no physical digital downloads, there is no increase of production costs or materials. Just plain music industry ripping off the public

  • Pigmaster
  • over 9 years ago

I wasn't aware that Newzbin offered anything for download, except a client that gets round the pointless blocking of course.

  • velcrohead
  • over 9 years ago

" if people are willing to pay for a VPN link, then why are they not willing to pay for the content directly?"

In addition, boycott, I refuse to buy from those that censor the web and sue file-sharers.

I pay $30 for Usenet every month which includes VPN access and $15 per month for a foreign seedbox.

Downloaded Skyrim, liked it, bought it.


It's about setting a precedent, once they have got the door wide open for censorship they will turn to the rest.

  • otester
  • over 9 years ago

Sorry but the door has been wide open on censorship for centuries.

Roll back a generation and you have the same debates over a different technology.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 9 years ago

O2 3G are blocking The plain text error message says: 'Error - site blocked'.

This doesn't appear to be using their over-18 content filtering through Bango, it's something else.

  • brett7
  • over 9 years ago

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