Pirate Bay Ruled to Infringe Copyright, Could Be Blocked in UK
The Pirate Bay could be blocked in the UK, after a High Court judge ruled that the torrent site and its users are committing copyright infringement.
The case was brought before the court by a coalition of major record labels, including Sony, EMI and Universal. They want the court to force internet providers like Sky, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to block the website. No operators of the Pirate Bay were in court for the hearing.
This follows from a landmark ruling in July 2011, where BT was ordered to block access to Newzbin2—a site that aggregates links to copyrighted content. The judge ruled then that BT must use technology designed for blocking child pornography to make the site inaccessible to its customers.
Now, with the court finding that operators of The Pirate Bay “incite or persuade” users to commit copyright infringement, the record labels want the ‘Bay to succumb to the same fate. The Guardian says that the high court is expected to rule in June as to whether ISPs should prevent their customers from accessing The Pirate Bay, too.