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    UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

    This is a discussion on UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie within the P2P / File sharing forums, part of the General chat category; UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie - ISPreview UK A group of Hollywood movie ...

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      UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie - ISPreview UK
      A group of Hollywood movie studios have successfully won a case in London’s High Court that will require all of the country’s major broadband ISPs to block their customers from accessing the following websites – Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie. All were found to be facilitating Internet copyright infringement (piracy).

      The ruling means that big ISPs like Sky Broadband, BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, which did not contest the case, can now expect to receive a court order requiring them to block access to the sites under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. The blocking action itself is expected to begin as soon as this week.
      A Spokesperson for the Federation Against Copyright Theft said (Torrentfreak):

      FACT and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) wrote to four websites asking them to stop infringing creative content. Collectively, these sites provide access to an enormous collection of films with no permission from the copyright owners. FACT, supported by the MPA, therefore took this court action.”
      However critics of website blocking systems frequently warn that such approaches remain both easy to circumvent and may thus only serve to promote the existence of such websites. At the same time related sites usually find ways around such blocks, which can involve moving domains / hosts, using shared IP addresses in their DNS table (i.e. tricks the filters into blocking legitimate websites on the same IP) and setting up their own proxy servers. Credits to Recombu for spotting this.
      Comment: Hmmm....

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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      I'm glad that some very clever people are working on some very clever systems that will put an end to these morons looking at shutting down servers as a viable alternative to updating their business model.

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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      But more realistic pricing of Cinemas, DVD's CD's etc won't help will it.


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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      Quote Originally Posted by fluke View Post
      But more realistic pricing of Cinemas, DVD's CD's etc won't help will it.
      No it would not matter if the price of a DVD was brought down to £1, there would still be many who would want it free.

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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      Agreed, but follow that thought through: those who want it free wouldn't buy at any price so there was never going to be a sale and therefore no revenue lost; those that would buy if more affordable would be making additional sales.

      Then it's down to simple economics i.e getting the balance between increased sales and diluted revenue per sale to achieve the same (or better) profit.

      No-one surely can defend the current situation of a business model left behind by the digital and global economy age, propped up by heavyweight political lobbying such that a civil crime (copyright) becomes a criminal act. Quite ridiculous. At least TV licence "dodging" is rightly being considered for decriminalisation, as this should be.
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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      Buy a legit game/download song/movie and they hobble the life out of it with drm/server checks/locked to 1 device and release it in stages across regions at ridiculous markup etc etc... get pirate version.. nothing I for one would happily pay either monthly or per item if it was available immediately worldwide and at a reasonable/fair price. I'm watching some fantastic US series at the minute that won't even be mentioned in this country for another year until the makers agree with providers over here how much to fleece us for.

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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      I think this quote is quite applicable:

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      My point was it could help. But never stop ot.

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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      I am sure that the reduction of DVDs in the shops is helping. You can now pick up a whole range of old DVDs for as little as £3 each in many superstores or on-line.

      If anything though these price changes have virtually killed the selling of DVDs in car boot sales.

      IMHO the big music and film producers are still wanting to use the same old practices that they have always used. They are ripping off the public and ripping off the artists. Just look at how things are promoted.

      Why do we always have to have good looking singers and groups? Do less handsome men sound so bad? Does a woman who is overweight lose the ability to sing?

      The complain that music sales are down, yet no one actually looks at the content of the music.

      As for sales, the business model has changed, but we still get the same old rubbish. Apple, having previously been told off for price fixing with the Book industry, is now trying to get exclusive rights to new records:

      Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases - latimes.com
      Apple contends streaming services such as Spotify and Beats Music have begun to cannibalize download sales on iTunes.

      Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store — a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several people familiar with the matter.

      Apple executives contend that on-demand music services have begun to cannibalize download sales, and its representatives are demanding the labels create a period reserved for digital purchasing.

      Music industry insiders, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from the industry's dominant retailer, said Apple's push for a new release window — similar to the one that some Hollywood studios impose for films newly released for home viewing — shows the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant is scrambling to retain its competitive advantage in an evolving digital music market...


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      Re: UK Court Orders Big ISPs to Block Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie

      Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store
      Surely the big bad judges in USA will consider this monopolistic and never allow it. Do Apple really think they are the only ones who should have the right to supply music?

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