Nicholas Lansman, ISPA Secretary General, "ISPA has long maintained that this is an issue that rights holders should seek to address in court, rather than through voluntary means, and today’s ruling should go some way to offering clarity on what is a complex issue.
However, concerns about over-blocking, ease of circumvention and increased encryption are widely-recognised which means that blocking is not a silver bullet to stop online copyright infringement. Rather, as the Government-commissioned Hargreaves Review recently found, there should be more focus by the creative industries on offering innovative, fully-licensed content services to give consumers what they are clearly demanding.
Notes to the editor:
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