SWEDISH APPEALS COURT RULES IN FAVOUR OF WEB-BLOCKS AS ANTI-PIRACY FIGHT CONTINUES.
A string of European countries have set the pace to combat the rampant piracy by sites like Pirate Bay with a number of web-blocking injunctions having been issued forcing ISPs to block its users from accessing pirate websites. In the UK web-blocking fell within the scope of existing copyright law while other European countries induced a change in copyright law.
After an unsuccessful run by major labels and the wider music industry in Sweden to web-block Pirate Bay following a ruling that ISPs could not be held accountable for web-blocking due to technicalities in copyright laws, there seems to be light at the end of a long dark tunnel.
The music and movie industries entered an appeal in The Patent Court Of Appeal last year, which concluded yesterday with a judgement in their favour. The Court indicated that the ruling was influenced by the string of web-blocking injunctions issued in other European countries. the ruling means that ISPs in Sweden will now be obliged to prevent copyright infringement by its users through blocking accessing to pirate sites.
However, though this ruling can't be appealed, the matter only concerned one Swedish ISP - Bredbandsbolaget. It is likely that the Swedish creative industries will take the fight for further seeking additional injunctions to force more ISPs to block piracy sites.
In a statement obtained from Torrentfreak, Judge Christine Lager who presided over the case said “In today’s judgment, the Patent and Market Court held that right holders such as film and music companies can obtain a court order in Sweden against an ISP, which forces the ISP to take measures to prevent copyright infringement committed by others on the Internet,”.