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Danish court delivers blow to Pirate Bay

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Danish court delivers blow to Pirate Bay
17:15 CET+01:00
A Danish court has forced Tele2 Denmark to stop internet users from accessing the Swedish file sharing site Pirate Bay.

The case was brought by recording industry association IFPI against Tele2 after the telecom operator refused to make decisions about which websites its customers could access, according to Danish computer magazine computerworld.dk.

But when IFPI took the case to the 'fogderetten', a Danish court which hears economic disputes, the court affirmed IFPI's position in the matter.

Pirate Bay is a Swedish website which itself does not illegally distribute copyrighted material such as music and films.

However, by functioning as a portal for users who themselves make large portions of their hard drives accessible over the internet, Pirate Bay has allowed millions of file sharers to download copyrighted material free of charge.

To stop access to Pirate Bay is technically possible, but it is also relatively easy to get around.

IFPI will now inform all other internet service providers in Denmark of the decision in the hopes that they will also prohibit their users from accessing the Pirate Bay.

IFPI's Swedish chapter has already started an investigation into whether a similar blockade could be implemented in Sweden.

“We're certainly exploring all possibilities. Naturally, we think that all serious operators should shut out Pirate Bay,” said IFPI-Sweden's Lars Gustafsson to newspaper Sydsvenskan.

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