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Italian Court Orders ISPs To block The Pirate Bay

Rome, ITALY (Top40 Charts/ IFPI) - The Court of Bergamo in Italy has again ruled that ISPs should act to prevent their users from accessing The Pirate Bay, the BitTorrent service that facilitates access to a large amount of copyright infringing material.

The court originally ordered ISPs to act in 2008, but that verdict was appealed and overturned. A subsequent ruling by the Italian Supreme Court declared that ISPs could be required to block BitTorrent sites being illegally used to disseminate copyright infringing content, even if they are located outside the country. The Supreme Court ruled that sites hosting torrent files play a significant role in the uploading and downloading process of their users, constituting a form of complicity in the offence of copyright infringement.

The Court of Bergamo heard the case again this week and in light of the Supreme Court's judgment, ruled that all Italian ISPs should block their users' access to The Pirate Bay. The Italian Fiscal Police have notified all the ISPs with the order to block The Pirate Bay.

The case was originally brought before the Court of Bergamo following a criminal complaint by rights holders, represented by FPM, the music industry anti-piracy group. The Pirate Bay illegally facilitates access to many forms of copyright infringing material, including music, films, television programmes and games. The operators of the service, who have criminal convictions in Sweden, openly flout copyright laws while driving advertising revenues through the service.

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