Ziggo, XS4All told to block The Pirate Bay ahead of Supreme Court ruling

Ziggo, XS4All told to block The Pirate Bay ahead of Supreme Court ruling

Judges in The Hague on Friday told internet providers XS4All and Ziggo that they must block file sharing site The Pirate Bay, in the latest twist in a court case which stretches back to 2010. Appeal court judges in The Hague said in 2014 that the two firms no longer had to impose a blockade on file sharing website The Pirate Bay after research by scientific institute TNO showed the ban had not led to fewer copyright infringements. This is because former users have moved on to other torrent or proxy sites to download material illegally, TNO said. However, the Brein foundation, which represents film companies and other copyright holders, did not accept the appeal court decision and took the issue to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, meanwhile, referred the case to the European Court of Justice which ruled in June that websites such as The Pirate Bay may indeed infringe European copyright law, clearing the way for a ban in the Netherlands. ‘Making available and managing an online platform for sharing copyright-protected works such as ‘The Pirate Bay’ may constitute an infringement of copyright,’ the European court said. ‘Even if the works in question are placed online by the users of the online sharing platform, the operators of that platform play an essential role in making those works available.’ Today's ruling is the result of injunction brought by the Brein foundation ahead of the Supreme Court's decision, which will be final.  More >

NS uses music to drive away trouble

Amsterdam central station plays fairground music to keep troublemakers away Railway officials at Amsterdam’s main railway station are broadcasting music from the Efteling amusement park in the main tunnel in an effort to drive away gangs of youths and other undesirables, RTL news said on Friday. The music, used to accompany the waterlily and carnival rides among others, is broadcast from 5.30am to 8am and from 9pm to 1am in the IJ passageway, a spokesman for NS told the broadcaster. The aim is to annoy people who hang around in the tunnel and encourage them to leave, the spokesman said. The music is played on repeat. Other railway stations, including The Hague, use classical music to keep troublemakers away, the Telegraaf said.   More >

Wilders tv doc fails to impress critics

Ziggo, XS4All told to block The Pirate Bay ahead of Supreme Court ruling Not many journalists get to interview Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam party PVV, except to talk about his love of cats or some other innocuous subject. American journalist Stephen Robert Morse was granted unprecedented access to the politician and followed in his footsteps for four months. Last night Viceland broadcast Morse’s documentary ‘Wilders’. The documentary maker became interested in Wilders in the wake of the rise of Donald Trump and other populist leaders, he said in an interview with RTL Nieuws . ‘Wilders is the leader of a worldwide movement which started in the Netherlands. He is a rising star and I wanted to show his influence,’ Morse said. The documentary maker thinks Wilders, who is notoriously shy of Dutch journalists, said yes to his request almost immediately because he promised to portray him ‘honestly and without prejudice’. Very open Morse’s personal impression of Wilders is a non-committal ‘a man with good and bad qualities who cracks the odd joke’ and who is ‘very open’. This openness notwithstanding the film has not much to offer to the Dutch viewer, says the NRC's Floor Boon who saw the film in Sheffield where it premiered in a half-filled cinema. ‘In spite of the ominous sounding score the film fails to put you on the edge of your seat. It’s a film that may be interesting to an outsider unfamiliar with Geert Wilders but in the Netherlands it won’t make much of a splash. Yes, the politician talks about his personal life, his childhood, his mother, his marriage. But the details he gives have been carefully chosen to fit the story he wants to tell,’ Boon writes. Israel As far as Wilder's political stance is concerned, the film suggests that an incident during Wilders’ time in Israel when he was 17 may have been a key moment in his development, Boon writes. Wilders tells the story of when he crossed the border with Egypt without a visa, helped by an Egyptian boy. As soon as they had arrived in Egypt the boy’s opinion about Israel flipped completely. He calls them beasts and accuses them of poisoning wells. ‘I saw hate in his eyes’, Wilders says. ‘How can a boy that age have so much hate in him?’. Volkskrant critic Haro Kraak thinks Morse ‘milked’ his unique access to Wilders but failed to make good use of it. ‘Viewers were meant to feel they were getting incredibly close to Wilders but all they got was a heavily guarded and scripted walk in a park, a couple of uninteresting chats in the back of a car and a studio interview,’ Kraak writes. Waning interest Kraak also mentions Wilder’s comments about the hate-filled Egyptian boy. ‘If that moment really is the basis for his own hate then that would be tragically trivial. It is more likely that Wilders knew what the film maker wanted to hear. Or that he has convinced himself that this memory has formed him,’ Kraak writes. Boon suggests the interest in Wilders might be waning. ‘If this documentary had been made a couple of years ago public interest would have been enormous. But the turn up in Sheffield was very low and there were no sparks during the run up to the broadcast in the Netherlands. Could it be that the Netherlands tired of Wilders?’ she asks.  More >

Girls more often victim of online bullies

Ziggo, XS4All told to block The Pirate Bay ahead of Supreme Court ruling Girls are almost twice as likely as boys to be the victim of online bullying, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday. In total, 3% of the population say they have been victimised online but 12% of older teenage girls report being bullied via the internet, according to the latest edition of the CBS security monitor. Fewer than one in seven of the teenage victims actually report the online bullying but older people are more likely to go to the police, the CBS said. In half of cases involving youngsters, the bullies are at the same school as their victim and in 70% of cases the victim is bullied both online and offline. The most common form of online bullying is spreading film, photo and rumours via social media and other websites. Stalking, threats and extortion come in second place.   More >

John de Mol eyes news website Nu.nl

Media tycoon John de Mol eyes news website Nu.nl Media tycoon John de Mol is interested in buying news website Nu.nl, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Thursday. Nu.nl is now owned by Finnish media group Sanoma says it has no public plans to sell the popular site. Sources in the financial world say that Talpa Holding, De Mol's investment vehicle, is serious about the acquisition because De Mol has long harboured plans for a Dutch multi-media publishing group. Earlier this year, De Mol lost its bid to buy the Telegraaf Media Groep which is now owned by Belgian media group Mediahuis. In the meantime, De Mol bought control of broadcaster SBS (SBS6, SBS9, Net5, Veronica) from Sanoma. Talpa Holding also operates commercial radio stations 538 and Radio 10 as well as  Sky Radio and Radio Veronica. In addition Talpa has a 30% stake in TMG. Online news Nu.nl has become the largest Dutch online news medium since it was started at the turn of the century. It now has an audience of seven million people with 1.9 million people visiting the site every day. The free news site is bigger than the sites of broadcaster NOS and the AD and Telegraaf newspapers. Other publishers have expressed an interest in buying Nu.nl. These include Persgroep, the Belgian owner of Dutch newspapers the Volkskrant, AD, Trouw and various regional papers. Sanoma regards the site as the central point of its Dutch and Belgian operations. Its rumoured pricetag is €100m. Earlier this week, Peter de Mönnink, who headed Sanoma's Dutch and Begian activities, moved over to Talpa as chief commercial officer.  More >