Pirate site: “We can defeat blocking”

Usenet indexing site Newzbin2 is readying software it says will defeat attempts to stop people visiting it. At the beginning of summer  BT was ordered to block access to Newzbin2 after legal action by the Motion Picture Association (MPA). The MPA alleged the member-only Newzbin2 site brings together pirated movies and music put on Usenet discussion boards.

The block is to be enforced via BT’s Cleanfeed system which is more usually used to stop people visiting sites that peddle images of child sex abuse. Before the block goes into effect in mid-October, programmers who work for Newzbin2 have been working on software they claim will be able to defeat the blocking system.

According to news site TorrentFreak, Newzbin2 is not willing to reveal how the code gets around the Cleanfeed block.

BT declined to comment on the development. He added that the specifics of the court-ordered block were still being debated.

The original Newzbin was shut down via an earlier court case but its successor avoided that sanction by setting up shop outside UK jurisdiction.

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