The Pirate Bay Now Freely Accessible in the Netherlands
A recent ruling from an appeals court located in the Netherlands has ruled that IP addresses associated with The Pirate Bay no longer have to be blocked by Internet service providers. Before this ruling, Internet providers were required to block The Pirate Bay due to the large amount of copyright infringement activity associated with the site, or face a fine of $13,650 per day when the site was accessible by customers. Although the ban was in place for two years, customers were able to use proxy servers and cloned versions of the site to access content. A study confirmed that BitTorrent traffic remained at normal levels throughout the period that the ban was enforced.
The new ruling allows The Pirate Bay to be accessed freely once again, though it only covers two Internet providers, known as XS4ALL and Ziggo. Another similiar case is still pending, which may allow other Dutch ISPs to access The Pirate Bay without hassle.