Judgement Favors The Pirate Bay in Swedish Court
A Swedish court has ruled that it cannot force ISPs to block their customers’ access to file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, Rejoicing all pirates around the world.
The decision came after more than a month of deliberations, according to Swedish publication TheLocal.se and safeguards citizens’ access to the site, despite it being used to distribute copyrighted material.
The case was brought by Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film, and the Swedish Film Industry to try and force ISP Bredbandsbolaget into blocking the service, as it has been in many other European countries. In the UK, for example, none of the major national ISPs allow access to the page following court orders.
The court found that Bredbandsbolaget couldn’t be held responsible for the copyright infringement of its customers’ actions while using the service as it doesn’t constitute a crime under Swedish law, according to the report. As such, it’s also not liable for any of the fines.