Dutch Court Orders Companies To Block Pirate Bay

Published January 11, 2012 11:54AM (EST)

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court has ordered two major Internet service providers in the Netherlands to block their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay.

Sweden-based Pirate Bay has been a thorn in the side of the entertainment industry for years by helping millions of people illegally download music, movies and computer games. In November, a Swedish appeals court upheld the copyright convictions of three men behind the site but it remains in operation despite attempts by authorities to shut it down.

The Dutch ISPs had resisted demands by copyright holders' organization Stichting Brein to block the site, arguing they should not have to act as censors.

But the Hague District Court said they must do so within 10 days or face fines of euro10,000 ($12,750) per day.

By Salon Staff

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