by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
blocking, copyright, isps, netherlands

the pirate bay, ziggo

Court Rules That The Pirate Bay Must Block Dutch Users... Again... But ISPs Don't Have To Block

from the for-all-works? dept

A year after an initial ruling saying that all Dutch users must be blocked from reaching The Pirate Bay, another court has upheld the ruling, saying not only that The Pirate Bay must block Dutch users from accessing the site, but that three of the site's founders have to pay 50,000 euros per day if they fail to do so. Given how those three have responded to previous rulings, I imagine they won't pay much attention to this ruling either.

Of course, the Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN has been fighting this campaign on both fronts. Not only was it trying to force The Pirate Bay to block access to Dutch surfers, but it was also trying to force ISPs to block access back to The Pirate Bay as well. The good news is that the courts have actually rejected that attempt, saying that "there is no evidence that the majority of the customers are using The Pirate Bay to infringe copyright" and that if BREIN wants to target users, it should target them individually.

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