IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE CHANCERY DIVISION INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
MR JUSTICE HENDERSON
DATED: 18 FEBRUARY 2014
Claim No. HC13D05470
- (1) PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
- (2) SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED
- (3) TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM COMPANY LIMITED
- (4) UNIVERSAL PICTURES (UK) LIMITED
- (5) WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT UK LIMITED
- (6) DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
(The First to Fifth Applicants are members of the Federation Against Copyright Theft Limited and, together with the Sixth Applicant, apply on their own behalf and on behalf of all other companies that are controlled by, controlling of or under common control with such Applicants (together the “Group Companies”) that are the owners, or exclusive licensees, of the copyright in films and television programmes)
- (1) BRITISH SKY BROADCASTING LIMITED
- (2) BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC
- (3) EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE LIMITED
- (4) TALKTALK TELECOM LIMITED
- (5) TELEFÓNICA UK LIMITED
- (6) VIRGIN MEDIA LIMITED
UPON THE APPLICATION of the above named Applicants by Application Notice dated 19 December 2013
AND UPON reading the documents recorded on the court file as having been read
AND UPON hearing Counsel for the Applicants
AND UPON the Court being satisfied on the evidence before the Court that the operators of the Target Websites (as defined in the Schedule to this Order) use the services of TalkTalk Telecom Limited (the “Fourth Respondent”) to infringe the copyrights of the Applicants (and those they represent) in the UK
AND UPON the Fourth Respondent making it clear that it makes no admission of liability
IT IS ORDERED as against the Fourth Respondent, as follows:
- 1. In respect of its customers to whose internet access service the system known as SIG (Service Inspection Gateway) is applied, whether optionally or otherwise, the Fourth Respondent shall within 15 working days in relation to the initial notification (and thereafter within 10 working days of receiving any subsequent notification) adopt the following technical means to block or attempt to block access to the Target Websites and any URL the sole or predominant purpose of which is to enable or facilitate access to a Target Website.
The technical means to be adopted is URL blocking in respect of each and every URL from which each Target Website (and its domains and sub-domains which are notified in writing to the Fourth Respondent by the Applicants or their agents) operates.
- 2. For the avoidance of any doubt, paragraph 1 is complied with if the Fourth Respondent uses the system known as SIG to implement the steps required by that paragraph.
- 3. In respect of its customers to whose internet access service the system known as blackholing is applied, the Fourth Respondent shall within 15 working days in relation to the initial notification (and thereafter within 10 working days of receiving any subsequent notification) adopt the following technical means to block or attempt to block access to the Target Websites at any IP address the sole or predominant purpose of which is to enable or facilitate access to such Target Websites.
The technical means to be adopted is IP blocking in respect of each and every IP address from which each of the Target Websites operate and which is:
- (a) notified in writing to the Fourth Respondent by the Applicants or their agents; and
- (b) in respect of which the Applicants or their agents notify the Fourth Respondent that the server with the notified IP address does not also host a site that is not part of a Target Website.
- 4. For the avoidance of any doubt, paragraph 3 is complied with if the Fourth Respondent uses the system known as blackholing to implement the steps required by that paragraph.
- 5. The Applicants or their agents will notify the Fourth Respondent should any IP address and/or URL which has already been notified to the Fourth Respondent under the terms of this Order cease to enable or facilitate access to a Target Website (in which case the Fourth Respondent shall no longer be obliged to block that IP address and/or URL).
- 6. For the avoidance of doubt, the Fourth Respondent is wholly reliant on the Applicants accurately identifying the IP addresses and/or URLs from which the Target Websites operate and which should be blocked under the terms of the Order. The Fourth Respondent shall have no obligation to check itself whether the Applicants' determination is correct.
- 7. The Fourth Respondent shall not be in breach of paragraphs 1 and 3 if it temporarily suspends the relevant blocking therein provided with the consent of the Applicants or their agents, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.
- 8. The parties have permission to apply on notice in the event of any material change of circumstances including, for the avoidance of doubt but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in respect of costs, consequences for the parties and effectiveness of the aforesaid technical means from time to time.
- 9. The operators of the Target Websites (as defined in the Schedule to this Order) and the operators of any other website who claim to be affected by this Order, are to have permission to apply on notice to vary or discharge this Order insofar as it affects such an applicant, any such application to be on notice to all the parties and to be supported by materials setting out and justifying the grounds for the application. Any such application shall clearly indicate the status of the applicant and indicate clearly (supported by evidence) that it is the operator of any website which is the subject of such application.
- 10. There be no order for costs.
Wiggin LLP Solicitors for the Applicants 10th Floor, Met Building 22 Percy Street London W1T 2BU Ref: SJB/RA/SMH