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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  1. identicon
    Evil Mike, 21 Jan 2009 @ 8:19am

    Re: Fear of the Dumb Pipe

    If you are the paid "dumb pipe" to just about everybody, there's good money to be made.

    It's like "super cheap shoes" vs "lifetime warranty shoes"
    You can sell super cheap shoes over and over and over; but eventually people get sick of paying for the same crap. With lifetime warranty shoes, you may only sell one pair per customer, but there are enough people being born the world over to keep you in business for... well, for as long as there's a population to sell to.

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