A court in The Hague, Netherlands has ordered Internet providers to block the The Pirate Bay website or face large fines, a ruling that means accessing the Swedish-born site directly will soon be impossible for most Dutch consumers.
The popular site acts as an index to help people find files they can share with each other using BitTorrent software. Dutch ISPs plan to appeal, arguing it isn't their responsibility to act as censors. The judge sided with copyright enforcement organization Stichting Brein, which says the site is used to upload copyrighted material without permission. Britain's High Court issued a similar judgment in April.
The Dutch ISPs must comply or face fines of (EURO)10,000 ($12,750) per day.
Digital piracy advocates predict users will evade the ban by accessing the site indirectly.
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