The Motion Picture Association has won a major victory in the fight against international online piracy, convincing a London high court to force BT, Britain’s biggest internet service provider, to block access to an illegal file-sharing site. For copyright owners, the decision highlights the importance of cutting off online piracy through the gate-keeping ISPs, whether cooperatively — as in this case — or coercively, with pressure and force. The ruling more broadly shows U.S. copyright owners pushing harder to curtail online piracy worldwide — a trend also demonstrated in a story released by THR Esq regarding Summit Entertainment on Monday. The studio tracked leaked pictures and videos from its upcoming Twilight film to a northern Argentinian town. It proceeded to file civil and criminal actions in Argentina and a civil action in the U.S., then went a step further, issuing a news release identifying what it said was a culprit: Daiana Santia.
In a prior post, this blog analyzed various anti-piracy efforts in the U.S. and abroad. These aggressive, recent incidents show that international bounds guarantee no protection from U.S. anti-piracy efforts. While international ISPs such as BT argue against banning websites because such moves would usher in a new wave of online censorship, U.S. policy-makers and copyright owners say there is too much at stake to allow such infringement to continue. Major foreign powers such as China and Russia turn a blind eye to rampant infringement at a cost that firms assert runs in the billions of dollars. Moreover, the diminished list of major U.S. exports is increasingly made up of intellectual property.