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Last week, a Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal ordered
The Pirate Bay and streaming portal Swefilmer to be blocked by
internet service provider Bredbandsbolaget for the next three
The order was not well supported by other internet service
providers in Sweden, as it appears they don't like the idea of
becoming copyright policemen. TorrentFreak reports:
Last week ISP Bahnhof absolutely slammed the decision to block The Pirate Bay, describing the effort as signaling the "death throes" of the copyright industry. It even hinted that it may offer some kind of technical solution to customers who are prevented from accessing the site. For those familiar with Bahnhof's stance over the years, this response didn't come as a surprise. The ISP is traditionally pro-freedom and has gone out of its way to make life difficult for copyright enforcers of all kinds. However, as one of the leading telecoms companies in Sweden and neighboring Norway, ISP Telia is more moderate. Nevertheless, it too says <https://torrentfreak.com/wont-block-pirate-bay-swedish-telecoms-giant-says-170221/> it has no intention of blocking The Pirate Bay, unless it is forced to do so by law. "No, we will not block if we are not forced to do so by a court," a company press officer said this morning. Telia says that the decision last week from the Patent and Market Court affects only Bredbandsbolaget, indicating that a fresh legal process will be required to get it to respond. That eventuality appears to be understood by the rightsholders but they're keeping their options open.