The mail may move a little slower on its way to Virgin Media but the actions taken following the receipt of the court order referencing Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 were far from slow.
Almost ten months after the court orders were received and the blocks implemented by other ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) such as BT and Sky, Virgin Media have followed suit and posted the following announcement on their forums:
“We've received an order from the courts requiring us to prevent access to Newzbin in order to help protect against copyright infringement. As a responsible ISP, Virgin Media complies with court orders addressed to us, but we strongly believe that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives to give consumers access to great content at the right price.”
Although it’s humorous to note that even ISP’s realise the methods to circumvent such blocks require little to no effort by saying the following
“We appreciate that you'll want to discuss this on the forums however can you please avoid discussing any potential methods of getting round this block as that's against our forum rules.
Users of Virgin Media’s superfast broadband service may now be welcomed with the following page when visiting Newzbin2
Broken Block Page at Virgin Media
Despite this action failing to stop or even reduce peer to peer traffic when The Pirate Bay was blocked it seems that we are now destined for a policed internet where the higher-ups decide what we can and cannot see, I don’t want to compare this action to the same level of high content filtering in countries such as China however I do believe it’s a step in the wrong direction.