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Swedish ISP bars users from The Pirate Bay

Published: 28 Jun 10 15:41 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/27488/20100628/

Swedish internet service provider Black Internet has decided to bar its customers from accessing the The Pirate Bay, amid fears that an appeals court ruling rendered it subject to punitive fines.

The company has interpreted an previous appeals court's decision to mean that it would be forced to pay a penalty if it allowed its customers to browse the site and so decided on a course of action. The firm underlined in its decision however that it did not agree with the Court of Appeal, according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily on Monday.

The decision affects tens of thousands of Black Internet's users, according to Sveriges Radio's P3 News as their customers can now no longer use The Pirate Bay, and the site is totally blocked.

"We have blocked IP addresses that are using The Pirate Bay," Black Internet CEO Victor M�ller told SR. "We feel that we have to after the Court of Appeal's decision."

The news comes after the Svea Court of Appeal's decision over a month ago with the court sided with the film and record industry and decided to demand that Black Internet throttle The Pirate Bay's connection to the network, or risk a , along with a threat of a fine of 500,000 kronor ($64,775)fine.

The internet service provider delivered bandwidth last year to a firm which in turn provided The Pirate Bay's internet connection.

Thirteen studios and four record companies took the company to court on the grounds that Black Internet was involved in internet copyright infringement and in August last year, Stockholm District Court sided with them.

Black Internet cut off The Pirate Bay's bandwidth and at the same time, appealed the court's decision, but lost.

The company has analysed the court's decision and concluded that it is prohibited not only from providing internet access to The Pirate Bay, but it also has to prevent its customers from using the site.

"We have read the decision on what the defendant would do and have come to the conclusion that we need to block access to this site for our customers. Otherwise, we risk having to pay a fine," M�ller told SR.

This interpretation is not, however, the Svea Court of Appeal's interpretation. According to appeals court judge Ulrika Stenb�ck Gustavsson, who was one of three judges involved in the proceedings, the decision applies only to The Pirate Bay's connections, not about whether Black Internet users can use the site or not.

"The decision doesn't cover an obligation to supervise what people do online or a general duty to stop someone from getting into The Pirate Bay," Steinb�ck Gustavsson told SvD.se. "It is clear in our decision. Our decision relates only that Black Internet cannot provide Internet access to The Pirate Bay."

M�ller is however not sufficiently reassured by the Court of Appeal's interpretation. He still sees a risk that companies will have to pay fines if customers continue browsing the site for file sharing.

"It is precisely that which is the problem with the Court of Appeal decision," he told SvD.se. "They do not understand the consequences of the decision they have made. The defendant can go to court to get the fine imposed and that is the question, what the process would look like."

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19:42 June 28, 2010 by Dazzler
Kiss your customer base goodbye.
20:49 June 28, 2010 by fil woodford
and your freedoms
23:30 June 28, 2010 by eZee.se
Big money trumphs privacy and freedom again.

Congratulations Sweden - be lagom and take it in the behind.
23:36 June 28, 2010 by Da Goat
I guess the customers will just have to access TPB thru a proxy or in another country

TPB is not something that can be blocked easily as it is just a library service of where to go
05:37 June 29, 2010 by Deffiz
"The decision doesn't [...] stop someone from getting into The Pirate Bay,"

"... only that Black Internet cannot provide Internet access to The Pirate Bay."

Err... am I missing something here?

It doesn't stop someone getting in, only that access cannot be provided?!
10:54 June 30, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
will Sweden become Turkey?


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