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The British High Court decided that access to the sites offering movies and TV shows must be blocked within days. Specifically, it ordered the top internet service providers in the U.K., including BT, Sky and Virgin, to stop providing access to the sites.
The MPA Europe, which acts on behalf of the major Hollywood studios, had pushed for the sites to be added to a British list of blocked web destinations, arguing they were “dedicated to making copyright-infringing material available for free on a large scale.”
The sites include 123movies.to, which reports have called one of the most popular sites offering copyrighted material in the U.K., geektv.is, spacemov.com, watchmovie.ms, streamallthis.is and gowatchseries.biz.
The MPA said research has found that, on average, U.K. sites lose 75 percent of their estimated usage once they are blocked.
“This legal process is a well-established, legitimate and proportionate response to illegal websites that make creative content available without permission from rights holders,” said the MPA, according to TorrentFreak.
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