Dutch court rules Pirate Bay must quit Netherlands

Jul 30, 2009
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(AP) -- A Dutch court ruled Thursday that three men connected with Web site The Pirate Bay must block traffic between the site and the Netherlands within 10 days.

The written ruling concludes that the men have control over the site and ordered them "each separately and together, to stop and keep stopped the infringements on copyright and related rights of Stichting Brein in the " or face a charge of euro30,000 ($42,000) per day.

Stichting Brein is a Dutch-based organization funded by various copyright holders groups.

It was not clear how the expected the site's operators to block traffic to the site, or whether it can enforce its order if they decline.

"The Pirate Bay is not a legal person who can be summoned, but a cooperative," the court said.

The provides an index to BitTorrent files, which can be used for trading media such as movies, music and computer games. The site has more than 20 million users globally.

In April, a Swedish court found that four Swedish nationals connected with the site had helped millions of people download copyright-protected material. They were given one-year prison terms and ordered to pay a fine of 30 million kronor ($3.9 million, euro2.8 million).

Three of those four were named in the Brein suit.

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