The Pirate Bay: Soon To Be Banned?

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The Pirate Bay has taken some hard hits in the past few months.

Though the file-sharing site announced in February that it would delate torrents and move entirely to magnet links, law enforcement has continued to mobilize against the operation.

In March, for instance, a leaked doc suggested Swedes' plans to target the world's most important torrent site, making it the second time cops to take down The Pirate Bay since 2006.

That raid resulted in four convictions.

And now, a Dutch anti-piracy group is pushing for the country's courts to implement a DNS and IP address blockade of The Pirate Bay among the nation's internet service providers, TorrentFreak reports. The move comes as ISPs in the U.S. plan on putting in place their own anti-piracy measures.

This recent case stems from 2010, when the anti-file sharing group, BREIN, went to court to force the largest Dutch ISP in the Netherlands to enact this block.

That internet service provider, alongside its top competitor, fought against BREIN in court and lost. They appealed the ruling and lost again and "BREIN, on the other hand, used the momentum to announce that it would sue even more ISPs to force them to censor TPB too."

These additional ISPs, which include UPC, KPN, Tele2, T-Mobile, and Telfort, now must ban 20 specific domains, such as "ThePirateBay.org, ThePirateBay.se, ThePirateBay.com, DePiraatBaii.be, and TheMusicBay.net.

These companies will probably appeal the decision, but have to adopt the block in the meanwhile. If they don't comply, they will have to pay up to 250,000 Euros in fines.

Contrast this with developments in American ISPs.

As CNet reports, telecom companies in the U.S. -- such as Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable -- have agreed to start policing alleged pirates starting July 1.

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