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Cable firm Ziggo does not have to block The Pirate Bay, rules court

Monday 19 July 2010

Cable company Ziggo does not have to block file swap website The Pirate Bay, a judge in The Hague ruled on Monday.

Copyright lobby group Brein went to court in an effort to have the website removed because it allows users to illegally download films, music and software. The site was earlier ruled illegal in the Netherlands but remains online because its servers are abroad.

Ziggo said in May it would not comply with Brein's demands. 'We are simply a channel,' said a spokesman in the NRC. 'We give people access to the internet and support an open internet.'

Brein says resorting to the courts is the foundation's last resort in its campaign to have illegal sites shut down. It has targeted Ziggo as the biggest cable company in the country in the hope of establishing anti-piracy jurisprudence.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I think the proper translation should be "We are simply a mere conduit", which is the language used in the English versions of the relevant EU directives.

By Mattias | 19 July 2010 3:09 PM

Its ridiculous to ask ISP's to police the internet. It would be like asking the local authorities to be responsible for any stolen cars or bicycles that use it's roads.

By Techie | 19 July 2010 5:18 PM

@Techie: It is even worse - it would be like to ask not the local authorities, but the road builders and maintainers to be responsible for any illegal activity on the roads they build or maintain.
But I think it is very unlikely that this will stop these "non-profit" organizations in their struggle to establish monopoly of the companies they represent.

By George | 19 July 2010 8:04 PM

Good idea. I think road builders should be held liable for all speeding tickets, drug smuggling, and anything else that happens on the roads.

Perhaps the roads to/from Belgium should be shut down because 'Belgians come here to buy drugs.'

I like this type of logic! I could be a politician!

By Darren | 20 July 2010 11:00 AM

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