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Dutch court orders Pirate Bay block

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 10 May 2012 13:12 User comments (3)

Dutch court orders Pirate Bay block ISPs must block notorious torrent site.
The court in The Hague has ordered Internet service providers UPC, KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile and Telfort to block access to the Pirate Bay website, mirroring an order issues by a court in the United Kingdom recently.

The court decision comes just after the Netherlands became the first state in the EU to pass Net Neutrality, barring ISPs from throttling traffic to certain services, or charging for access to certain bandwidth-demanding services.

The ISPs now have ten days to comply with the court's order, after which point they can be fined up to ?10,000 per day for failing to do so.

ISPs are expected to appeal against the court's decision. They had attempted to demonstrate to the court that use of public proxy servers, or even just using Google Translate, would circumvent any such blockade, making it completely pointless.

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3 user comments

111.5.2012 11:38

why not just shut down the site ...... they tried to but why can't it be shut down? also it's not the isp job to do so... in the states I bet that some of the isp gets paid to spy on ya

217.5.2012 6:55

Indeed, why they don't block the original site. I can use PirateRay to access any blocked torrent, so they have no real success...

319.5.2012 13:55

To shut it down you would need to go through the country hosting the site and Pirate Bay moved out of Europe where they were more vulnerable.

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