Danish court confirms Pirate bay illegal and blocks access

December 2008


Music companies have welcomed a Danish ruling involving the world’s best known pirate distributor of  music, books and films. The decision confirms the illegality of Sweden’s Pirate Bay and requires a Danish ISP to implement measures to block access to the site. The judgment by the Danish appeal court upholds the decision earlier this year requiring access to the Pirate Bay to be blocked.  The court confirmed the mass scale infringement taking place on the Pirate Bay site and that the ISP in question, Sonofon, is contributing to the infringements by allowing access to the pirate site.  It is the latest step forward in attempts by the creative industries to engage ISPs in helping stop massive copyright infringement on the internet. The ruling was welcomed by IFPI, representing a membership of some 1,400 record companies internationally.  FPI Chairman and CEO John Kennedy said: “This is a very important decision which sets a precedent for other countries and highlights the key role that ISPs should play in helping protect copyright online. The ruling is also a clear confirmation of the illegality of the Pirate Bay, coming just a few weeks before the criminal prosecution of the site’s operators in Sweden” adding “for everyone trying to make a living out of music, this is hopefully the start of the endgame for a business which is ripping off creators all over the world, and whose motivation  is very clearly nothing to do with music but a great deal to do with making money.”


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