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Netherlands court orders Internet providers to block file sharing website

A Dutch court on Thursday ordered Internet service providers (ISPs) in the Netherlands to block the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay or else pay a fine of USD $12,750 per day. Rechtbank-Gravenhage, a Dutch district court, issued its ruling on Thursday in favor of Stichting Brien, an anti-piracy organization composed of artists, authors and producers against a group of Dutch ISPs. The court's ruling effectively blocks direct access to The Pirate Bay for Dutch consumers. Online piracy advocates say, however, that users can evade the ban on The Pirate Bay by accessing the site indirectly. The Dutch ISPs plan to appeal the ruling, saying that they do not have a duty to act as censors.

Internet piracy has been a contentious issue both in the US and abroad recently. In March, JURIST guest columnist Tony Niescier suggested that the US resolve Internet-related disputes through an online forum. In February, the European Commission asked the European Court of Justice to evaluate an anti-piracy agreement to ease concerns that the agreement may lead to censorship. In January, the US House of Representatives postponed hearings on the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) after a highly constested provision of the bill was removed.

(Published by Jurist - May 10, 2012)

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