The Pirate Bay ordered to be blocked in Holland following court case

News by Dan Raywood

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that access to The Pirate Bay should be blocked for all domestic visitors.

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that access to The Pirate Bay should be blocked for all domestic visitors.

Anti-piracy organisation BREIN filed a suit against The Pirate Bay, claiming that it is responsible for millions of copyright infringements on a daily basis.

A block has been ordered to be put in place within ten days of the ruling. If the company fail to do so, co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde Kolmsioppi and Fredrik Neij will be ordered to pay €30,000 for each day the site is accessible from the Netherlands, up to a maximum of €3,000,000.

Torrent Freak claimed that the news came as a total surprise to the three men who said they received no official summons and were not aware of the case and will appeal the ruling. In a counter move, the three sent a letter to the Amsterdam court, asking it to dismiss the case and impose damages against BREIN instead.

However the securityandthenet blog claimed that ‘it appears as though the defendants did send a letter notifying the court that they couldn't attend the hearing, and gave arguments supporting their case that the site should remain operational; but because they didn't appear before the court in person, the judge decided to ignore all their arguments'.

The judge did not specify how the block should be implemented, but said that they also have to block access to their trackers to preclude any solution that asks the user to specify their location, since the trackers are not accessed by humans.

Torrent Freak claimed that in addition to the three founders, GGF, the intended buyers of The Pirate Bay, were also ordered to pay €30,000 per day in penalties if they continue to operate the site as it is after the deal is closed.


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