Pirate Bay doomed
Written by Michael Coyle on 21 February 2012« Return to Reading Room
Pirate Bay http://thepiratebay.se/about the website that provides links to torrents is doomed.
A number of claimants including Dramatico, EMI, Polydor, Rough Trade and Warner have succesfully argued yesterday six Internet Service Providers in the UK (and the largest)should block the filesharing site. The six ISPs BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin Media to name but 4 did not attend the hearing and were not represented.
Mr Justice Arnold ruled that "In my judgment, the operators of TPB do authorise its users' infringing acts of copying and communication to the public. They go far beyond merely enabling or assisting. On any view, they 'sanction, approve and countenance' the infringements of copyright committed by its users. But in my view they also purport to grant users the right to do the acts complained of. It is no defence that they openly defy the rights of the copyright owners. I would add that I consider the present case to be indistinguishable from 20C Fox v Newzbin in this respect. If anything, it is a stronger case."
A date has been set for June where it will decide which ISPs should block the site, and the technical means of so doing.
So will it means that these pirates and others who provide similar services are doomed to walk the plank?
Simple answer. No. The genie is forever out of the bottle whilst sitting on the horse that has bolted from the stable.
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