|Fabio pictured while wondering|
about the implementation costs
of the blocking order
just issued against him
What is special about this case is that here Arnold J ordered the biggest website blocking with a single applications to date, with a total of 21 websites (all using the Bittorrent P2P file-sharing protocol) involved. The case is 1967 Ltd & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd & Ors  EWHC 3444 (Ch).
The claimants were record companies claiming on their own behalf and in a representative capacity on behalf of the members of BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) and PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd).
The defendants were major UK ISPs that have a market share of some 95% of UK broadband users.
The 21 websites involved were broadly the same in their operation and service as The Pirate and its likes. This means that they provided an organised directory of content which users could search and browse and from which they could select and unlawfully download the sound recordings or other content of their choice.
Arnold J ordered the defendants to block access to the infringing websites and, similarly to what he stated in previous judgments (most recently, Cartier), he held that ISPs should bear the costs of implementing the orders.