Newzbin charges a monthly fee for subscribers to use its services and has built a substantial business based on copyright infringement.
"We welcome the Court's decision today," said Ted Shapiro, the Motion Picture Association's general counsel for Europe. "Newzbin is a source of immense damage to the creative sector in the UK and worldwide. This is an important decision and it sends a clear message that websites focusing on providing viewers with pirated film and TV programmes infringe copyright and are liable for their actions even where those websites don't themselves host the content. This decision will help to support the continued investment in new legal online services and the creation of new films and television shows for enjoyment by audiences both in the UK and around the world."
The Court ruling clarifies the implementation of European legislation in the UK.