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Pirate Bay to challenge Dutch ban

Tuesday 11 August 2009

The Dutch copyright organisation Brein says it will not force the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay to cease its activities in the Netherlands pending an appeal by its founders, report various media.

On July 30 a court in Amsterdam ordered the website to stop infringing the copyright of Brein’s members and said it would have to pay a fine of €30,000 a day unless it ceased its activities in the Netherlands.

The ban was for two months to give the three Swedish founders of the site, who were not present at the hearing, the opportunity to challenge the ruling.

Brein, which represents the Dutch music industry, now says that it will allow The Pirate Bay to stay online until the appeal is heard.

The Pirate Bay lawyer Ernst Louwers told AFP news agency on Monday that he would file a case with the Amsterdam district court by August 25.

In April a Swedish court sentenced the three founders of The Pirate Bay and a fourth man to a year in prison for promoting copyright infringement.

Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay makes it possible to avoid copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files for free. The site claims to have more than 20 million users worldwide.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Two things to make this article more accurate:
One: the judge did not even look into the case, at the hearing, because The Pirate Bay did not show up. The court order is thus totally on the hand of Brein. Not what you might call 'objective' huh...
Second, The Pirate Bay doesn't make it possible to download files. It is just a portal with links to the places on the web where the torrent-files can be found. This is the essential difference in the point of view. Brein accuses the torrent-portal of hosting copyrighted material, and that is definitely not the case. Also, torrent sites do not especially aim at sharing "copyrighted material", it is just a technique to share large files, whatever they contain.

The music industry has made an essential mistake in introducing digital media such as the CD to distribute music and other media. Anyone with a spark of vision could have known that this would happen. So don't blame the audience, but blame yourself and find other ways to run your business, or simple me realistic and quit. Copyright is dead. Long live Creative Commons.

By webbie | 11 August 2009 4:52 PM

Now this is an interesting dilemma. The P.B. provides ONLY links to other computers, BUT...GOOGLE provides the links to the PB. Think about that!

It's high time that the copyright laws were revised for the good of the common man.

By stevie | 12 August 2009 11:50 PM

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