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BT has become the last major UK broadband provider to block filesharing website The Pirate Bay.

The telecoms giant has followed the lead of its industry rivals by restricting access to the website following a High Court ruling in London, reports ISPreview.co.uk.

Sky, Orange, T-Mobile, TalkTalk, O2, Be Broadband and Virgin Media have already taken steps to prevent broadband subscribers accessing The Pirate Bay.

Speaking in February, Judge Justice Arnold said the operators of the website authorise its users' infringing acts of copying and communication to the public.

"They go far beyond merely enabling or assisting. I conclude that both users and the operators of [The Pirate Bay] infringe the copyrights of the claimants," he stated.

"Despite their ability to do so and despite the judicial findings that have been made against them, the operators have taken no steps to prevent infringement."

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