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The UK's leading broadband providers have been instructed to block two streaming websites accused of facilitating copyright infringement.

BT, EE, O2, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media have been ordered by the High Court to prevent broadband subscribers from gaining access to SolarMovie and Tubeplus.

The websites had been the subject of a complaint from the Motion Picture Association (MPA), which reported them for streaming film and TV content for free.

According to the MPA, this represented a major breach of copyright.

Chris Marcich, president and managing director of the MPA for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the body has "an obligation to take action".

He said it was the MPA's responsibility to challenge illegal websites that steal content and refuse to take it down when asked to by the owners.

The affected broadband providers - who will be required to block access to SolarMovie and Tubeplus - mounted no challenge to the ruling in court.

This came as little surprise, given the apparent willingness of the broadband industry to co-operate with the judiciary on this matter.

Last month, Virgin Media and BT confirmed plans to block to 21 torrent and file sharing websites which were deemed to be facilitating music piracy.

A court order instructed the broadband providers to prevent access to websites including BeeMPS, Abmp3, TorrentHound, MP3Skull and Torrentz.

Gareth Mead, a spokesperson for Virgin Media, said that - as "a responsible internet service provider" - his company would respect the ruling.

In a similar vein, a BT spokesperson also confirmed plans to block the offending websites "within the timeframe set out in the court order".

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