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The Pirate Bay co-founders Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi have been ordered to block traffic to and from the Netherlands or face $42,000 a day in fines. It is unclear how the Netherlands court will enforce the order on the Swedish nationals.  (Source: Bob Strong/Reuters)
Argghh Netherlands no longer be clear sailing...

The Pirate Bay was the world's largest torrents provider and thus one of the international leaders of the p2p file sharing and piracy movements.  Just as they seemed to be getting some traction, the Swedish government slapped them with conspiracy charges, of which they were later found guilty of. The admins -- Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, and Carl Lundstroem -- were sentenced to a year of jail and $3.6M USD in fines. 

Faced with the bankruptcy of the site, the admins sold it to a media company (Global Gaming Factory) that looked to turn it legit, paying copyright holders for their work.

However, smelling blood, the copyright holders are moving to push the site to the brink, even as its own users forsake it for giving up its pirate roots.  A Dutch court has ordered three of the Swedish admins to block all traffic to and from the Netherlands or face major financial penalties.

The courts ruled the shutdown was necessary in order to prevent further infringement.  The courts said it didn't matter whether one or all of them blocked the traffic, but warned that failing to do so within 10 days would result in a fine of 30,000 Euros, or $42,000 per day.  What is unclear is whether the court will be able to enforce the fines as the admins reside in a different country.

Despite the fact that The Pirate Bay is reportedly in talks to negotiated paid content deals with Hollywood studios and the major music labels, it is those same entities that helped push for its removal from the Netherlands. 
BMG, EMI, Sony BMG, Universal, Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros and the copyright protection organization that represent them -- the IFPI, RIAA, and MPAA -- have banded together to try to squash the pirates. 

The Swedish guilty verdict, currently under appeal, was one major victory; now the order to cease the site's Netherlands traffic is another.
  The groups also filed a suit last week seeking a Swedish court injunction to shut down the site after the guilty verdict.  The site currently continues to operate.

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RE: irritated and unrelated
By collegeguypat on 7/31/2009 11:15:28 AM , Rating: 4
My second time posting this; if you hover over one of the Vibrant ads, then click on the word Vibrant on the upper right corner of the ad, a new window should open. In the new window there's a tab for "disable". Follow the instructions (click on a word) and you'll have a cookie that disables Vibrant ads until you clear your cookies. I think it's a global disabling of the ads on any sites.

RE: irritated and unrelated
By PrinceGaz on 7/31/2009 1:47:03 PM , Rating: 2
I don't want to have to rely on *their* cookie blocking their ads. Which is why I have Opera set to block all content from


which between them seems to take care of all of those annoying sponsored mouse-over links added to articles on all the sites I personally visit. You could also redirect those URLs to localhost in your hosts file as an alternative.

I don't block any other ads (except those Opera's popup blocker blocks) as I do believe websites should receive ad revenue, but those mouseover links seriously annoy me which is why I always block them, and the first thing I'll do if I come across one which the above list doesn't stop, is to add it to my list of blocked content.

RE: irritated and unrelated
By PseudoKnight on 8/1/2009 10:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm the same way. I use Opera and I only block ads that impede utility (or I find offensive and illegal, like those Civony/Evony ads). Their cookies for disabling the ads never stick. I'd prefer that websites I visit not use them at all, but blocking these ads are the only other solution available to users. They can be just as annoying as tab/window popups or flash popups.

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