Record industry moguls are asking the courts to force internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to a Chinese napster-like website.
According to the New York Times, labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and RCA Records have filed the suit in Manhattan's Federal District Court.
Listen4ever.com is a free music site registered to someone in Tianjin, east of Beijing.
The service has already been blocked by some ISPs, which are mindful of the wrath of the recording industry.
Sarah Edler, a spokeswoman for AT&T Broadband, told the paper that it is the first time that the ISP has been asked to block access to a foreign site.
ISPs are increasingly concerned that they could end up in court actions brought by companies and individuals in an effort to prevent access to sites that they somehow find disagreeable.
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