The Pirate Bay must stay blocked in Denmark, says court

Entertainment industry scores a victory as operator Telenor is told to continue blocking the site

Telecom operator Telenor will have to continue to block file-sharing site The Pirate Bay in Denmark, the Danish Supreme Court said on Thursday.

The site has been blocked by the operator for almost two and a half years, and will stay blocked, which is what the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) has wanted.

The verdict means its 1-1 between Telenor and IFPI in the Scandinavian courts. Last year, Telenor won a similar case in its home country, Norway.

The operator has always maintained that it is not its role to censor content on the Internet. However, the Danish verdict is a small victory, according to Nicholai Kramer Pfeiffer, regulatory chief at Telenor. It can still use DNS (Domain Name Server) blocking to stop users from accessing The Pirate Bay, and not more advanced and costly methods, he said.

In addition to Telenor, TDC and TeliaSonera are also blocking The Pirate Bay in Denmark, according to Kramer Pfeiffer.

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