Dutch ISPs end Pirate Bay blockade

A court in the Netherlands has overturned the ruling against the popular torrent site The Pirate...

A court in the Netherlands has overturned the ruling against the popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, allowing the country's two biggest ISPs to unblock it.

Jamie Lumsden, ClickOnline.com

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

In recent years, government pressure has been applied around the world to attempt to stop or slow the flow of illegal file distribution.

One of the major targets of such activity has been the torrent site The Pirate Bay, which got a lot of negative attention from authorities due to its size and popularity. Anti-piracy group BREIN managed to have The Pirate Bay blocked by two of the Netherlands' largest ISPs in 2012 through the country's court system.

Proceedings took place for an appeal of that ruling by those ISPs who were forced to block traffic to The Pirate Bay. The court ruled in favour of the ISPs, lifting the block and declaring that such action is not only ineffective, citing reports on the site's torrent traffic, but also tantamount to censorship.

The court also ordered BREIN to pay reparations of about $445,000 US for the disruption that its blockade caused.


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