Record companies move to block Pirate Bay in Finland
AFP/The Local · 27 May 2011, 07:53
Published: 27 May 2011 07:53 GMT+02:00
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"The development of a legal online market is impossible in Finland if illegal services like The Pirate Bay are freely allowed to continue their operations," said Lauri Rechardt, a spokesman for Finland's branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the companies.
Finland's Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre filed the petition on behalf of the IFPI, asking the courts to require Internet provider Elisa to block access to The Pirate Bay from Finland.
Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay makes it possible to skirt copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files using bit torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site.
In April 2009, Pirate Bay founders Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg were sentenced to prison and hefty fines for copyright infringement, but the site is still operational.