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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 kroker on 8/1/2009 5:28:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it really sucks that you can't have your cake and eat it too... But, hey, that's life!

You choose what is downloaded and run when you type an url in the address bar or click a link. If you don't like what is being shown on a site, you can very well choose another site. If no site suits you because they all have ads, why don't you do the world a favor and spend thousands and thousands of dollars creating and running your own free site with no ads and zero earnings? One person's sacrifice would save many people from the traumatizing horrors of advertising.

Honestly, I don't know why some people are bothered by the ads themselves. Personally, it's the damn browser exploits and credit card information stealing that kind of get to me!

RE: irritated and unrelated
By leexgx on 8/2/2009 12:31:30 AM , Rating: 1
yes but itellitxt adds are Shit bit-tech tryed it it last 2-3 days before it was removed permanently, as every one threatened to Block every single ad on the site if it was not removed, i am surprised that there has not been an more about it all ready (i got banned from hardocp forums for basically posting about ads rejoined and quietly blocked all there ads just for the last lame Ban as there site is good but intiltxt suck)

i do not mind ads not ones that make the sites unreadable when i move my mouse over an intellitxt link

i forgot to import the IE7pro block list into opera dailytech reminded me to import it


RE: irritated and unrelated
By leexgx on 8/2/2009 12:52:51 AM , Rating: 2
as its only intellitxt Type of ads i hate i have opted to only block them that have been listed (i assume the posted links are intellitxt Type of ads)

RE: irritated and unrelated
By christojojo on 8/3/2009 11:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
So you are saying that ads that destroy your reading pleasure should be allowed?

That makes as much sense as going to a football (American or European; I don't care). You start watching the game and as soon as a great play starts to happen the guy in front of you pops up and says, "buy an Ipod now to see what happened." (For the sake of the argument lets say it was a free very publicized game).

Not only is that irritating, but I am sure that would get a few people jailed for their reactions.

I am not saying Dailytech has no right to advertise. I specifically stated I wanted a better solution not a removal of ads. I don't mind obvious ads. I hate obnoxious ads that steal the pleasure from the site.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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