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Dutch court orders Pirate Party to stop talking about block circumvention
Friday 11 May 2012 13:49:41 by Andrew Ferguson

In the past we have jokingly suggested that if consumers took to services like proxies and VPNs en-masse to circumvent site blocking, that new laws and licensing may appear. Well the Dutch Court appears to be edging down this path, with an order placed upon The Pirate Party in the country to stop publishing information on how to get around blocking that is in place in the country. One must really wonder now how far will the copyright holders and courts take their course of action.

The Dutch Court has ordered five providers to block access to The Pirate Bay, with a fine of €10,000 for every day beyond the ten days given to implement the block.

The old adage that all publicity is good publicity in terms of raising the profile of a person or product, appears to be holding up with regards to the blocking, as on 1st May, Pirate Bay had 12 million more visitors than ever before.


Posted by XRaySpeX over 5 years ago
Having more visitors doesn't prove anything. We all went there out of curiosity :)
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
They have to stop talking about it (headline)? Wow. Next on the agenda - they have to stop thinking about it.
Posted by undecidedadrian over 5 years ago
1 country down, 200 more to go.

Don't think it will be as easy as the media indutry thinks it will.

But seriously 1984 was a warning about big brother from governments now it's more likely it's private companies who are ones to keep an eye on.
Posted by Pigmaster over 5 years ago
It makes no difference as the Dutch Pirate Party are going to move their server out of Holland where the Dutch law does not apply and Brien will then have to go after them in each country they deposit the server into.
Posted by Firefalcon over 5 years ago
Pirate bay might not be able to talk but many others will talk for them, they already took a 12mil + boost when they where blocking it in the UK, didn't see that story reported here. All the courts and retarded copyright industries are doing is drawing attention to it. And while they want to continue attempting to block it i'll continue telling people how to get around them all. GG.
Posted by Spectre_01 over 5 years ago
one does not simply talk about the pirate bay...
Posted by davolente over 5 years ago
Useless actions. There's always a way round, one way or another. Does this not amount to outright censorship without the other party having a chance to defend its position? The report of the UK blocking also gives the impression of a very off-handed judge who seemingly couldn't be bothered with due process.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
They should appeal it, take it all the way to the EUCJ if necessary.

PPUK runs a TPH proxy.
Posted by tommy45 over 5 years ago
@ davolente or he was bought off

You cannot stop people talking about something just because some fool says it's against the law. Do they really think the public will listen or obey them,If some one tells me not to go to a web site i would ignore them, in fact i would probably visit that site more often, the pirate bay isn't actually breaking and copyright laws, it does not host any content, just because it links to it doesn't mean it is guilty of a crime, once you remove all the bs that they fed the public regarding it all . it's a case of MONEY talks and is power
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

TorrentFreak did an article about this, apparently the judge receives money from the plaintiff for being a teacher for copyright courses.
Posted by Firefalcon over 5 years ago

Yup, what a surprise, never saw that one coming. (sarcasm)
Posted by Viper72 over 5 years ago
Took 30 seconds to bypass brianless UK ISP block on Pirate bay. Dutch will find that licking the rears of media moguls will cost them reputation and business.
Free speech, yes, as long as you pay for it !!
Brown envelopes for the judge, surely not, I thought all these media companies were on the brink of collape because of all the pirating !!
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

They made P2P what's today.
Posted by alex04 over 5 years ago
I can easily use to access PirateBay, so proxies and SSH tunneling works fine as a bypass.
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