Oct 242009
 October 24, 2009  Court, Non-U.S., Online Comments Off on Pirate Bay back in the courtroom

The founders of The Pirate Bay have been hit a with new order to remove links to copyright material.

A Dutch court has ordered them to to remove all links to the material of a group of Netherlands-based music and film makers.

The trio could face fines of up to $9m (£5.5m) if they do not comply within three months.


“The verdict is not against The Pirate Bay,” Peter Sunde told the BBC.

“It’s against the former owners of TPB, plus me. Which puts us in a weird position, since none of us have the control they tell us to get. Does the court require us to hack someone else’s system?”

Mr Sunde added that they had not yet decided what to do about the outcome.

Read more on BBC.

Oct 142009
 October 14, 2009  Court, Non-U.S., Online Comments Off on Swedish court overturns ruling in audio book piracy case

The Local reports:

Swedish broadband provider ePhone is not obligated to hand over customer information to five book publishers, according to a decision by the Svea Court of Appeal which overturns a lower court ruling.

The case, which ePhone initially lost in June in Solna District Court, is significant because it is the first to go to trial since the passage of a law designed to crack down on internet piracy in Sweden.


ePhone argued that the five audio book publishers who filed the lawsuit had not been able to prove that anyone other than users from Sweden’s Anti-Piracy Bureau (Antipiratbyrån) had accessed a server containing sound files for 27 titles which the publishers claimed had been made available for downloading by the general public.

The appeals court agreed with ePhone, finding that the book publishers failed to show that there was probable cause to believe copyright infringement had occurred.

In overturning the lower court’s ruling, the Svea Court of Appeal argued that the copyright protected material on the server, which was linked to an ePhone customer, had not been made available to the public or even to a select group of people.

Since users were required to log into the server and there had been no investigation to indicate that login information had been widely shared, the court concluded that the publishers had not convincingly shown that the audio books had been available to the public.

Read the full story in The Local. BetaNews also provides some commentary.

Sep 162009
 September 16, 2009  Laws, Non-U.S., Online Comments Off on French piracy bill approved

Associated Press reports that France’s lower house of parliament approved a law that would cut off internet access for illegally downloading music and films. By one estimate, 1000 people per day could be knocked offline if the bill becomes law, which looks quite likely. Although the details have to be worked out and the upper and lower house versions reconciled, AP reports that:

Pirates who ignore email warnings and a registered letter could see their internet connections cut for up to a year, and they could also face up to €300,000 (£266,900) in fines or jail time.

Even parents whose children download illegally could be targeted for neglecting to police their online activities – after warnings, the family’s internet service could be shut down for a month, and they could be slapped with a €3,750 (£3,336) fine.

Read more on The Independent

Sep 152009
 September 15, 2009  Laws, Non-U.S., Online Comments Off on France to vote on new piracy bill

The BBC reports:

The French National Assembly will vote on Tuesday to decide whether to allow the authorities to cut illegal downloaders off from the web.

The hard-line policy has drawn worldwide attention as nations around the globe grapple with the issue of piracy.

An earlier version of the bill was ruled unconstitutional and a compromise version has been hammered out.

The legislation is backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy.