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Virgin Media has become the latest broadband provider to block access to pirate film and music website Newzbin 2.

The firm took action after receiving a court order from the Motion Picture Association - following the earlier example of rivals BT and Sky.

In a statement, Virgin Media said it is a "responsible" company which complies with court orders addressed to the company.

However, the firm cast doubt on whether website blocks will achieve the desired result of preventing online copyright infringement.

"[We strongly believe] that changing consumer behaviour to tackle copyright infringement also needs compelling legal alternatives to give consumers access to great content at the right price," Virgin Media stated.

Earlier this year, a number of UK broadband providers blocked consumer access to The Pirate Bay, following court action taken by music industry trade body the BPI.

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