British Court Expands Blocking of Counterfeit Sites

A landmark British test case has opened the gates for brand owners to compel Internet service providers (ISPs) to police trademark infringement at scale, in addition to their already controversial role in copyright enforcement. The case was brought by luxury brands in the Richemont/Cartier group, demanding that the UK’s five major ISPs -- BSkyB, BT, EE, TalkTalk, and VirginMedia -- block six websites sporting fake versions of their brands and selling counterfeit goods.