Danish ISP Blocks The Pirate Bay; But Is It For Legal Reasons... Or Competitive?

from the legal-excuses dept

A year ago, recording industry lobbying group IFPI successfully convinced a Danish court to force ISP Tele2 to block The Pirate Bay. This came after a similar ruling that forced Tele2 to block access to AllofMp3 (which, you'll recall was the big "threat" prior to The Pirate Bay). Of course, these blocks don't work particularly well, and seem incredibly annoying for those content creators who actually want their content distributed through systems like The Pirate Bay.

Tele2 appealed the ruling, and another court found that, indeed, ISPs should be forced to block access to The Pirate Bay. While that case is being appealed to the country's Supreme Court, it appears that other ISPs are being pressured to start blocking as well. Denmark's largest ISP, TDC, is now blocking access to The Pirate Bay.

Torrentfreak suggests that TDC is worried about a similar lawsuit, and did this as a preventative measure, but I have to wonder if some of the thinking is competitive. Last April, TDC announced a deal whereby its customers could download unlimited music... though it was really more of a subscription rental service that included DRM. So, basically, here's a way that TDC gets to block out a "competitor" to its own service, and then blame the legal rulings for being able to do so...
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Filed Under: blocking, competition, denmark
Companies: pirate bay, tdc, tele2

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    deadzone (profile), 21 Jan 2009 @ 10:50am


    It sounds like maybe you should stop reading Techdirt then. Things are negative for a reason. The state of things just sucks right now! There are plenty of Think Tanks out there that will feed you positive, happy-go-lucky, everything is great stories. Seek them out and be happy.

    The reality is that this is a war. War is hell, and war is negative. The Entertainment Industry is holding us hostage while they attempt to protect a dying business model that can't be saved by using any means necessary with no regard for the negative consequences that might come about.

    Piracy may be illegal but it's not going away. The Entertainment Industry doesn't even seem to be aware of this. Nope they choose to ignore this fact and trot out one terrible idea after another, most of which involves some other entity doing the work for them, with no regard for the actual cost, time, and resources it might take.

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