Pirate Bay to challenge Dutch ban
Tuesday 11 August 2009
The Dutch copyright organisation Brein says it will not force the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay to cease its activities in the Netherlands pending an appeal by its founders, report various media.
On July 30 a court in Amsterdam ordered the website to stop infringing the copyright of Brein’s members and said it would have to pay a fine of €30,000 a day unless it ceased its activities in the Netherlands.
The ban was for two months to give the three Swedish founders of the site, who were not present at the hearing, the opportunity to challenge the ruling.
Brein, which represents the Dutch music industry, now says that it will allow The Pirate Bay to stay online until the appeal is heard.
The Pirate Bay lawyer Ernst Louwers told AFP news agency on Monday that he would file a case with the Amsterdam district court by August 25.
In April a Swedish court sentenced the three founders of The Pirate Bay and a fourth man to a year in prison for promoting copyright infringement.
Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay makes it possible to avoid copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files for free. The site claims to have more than 20 million users worldwide.