Filesharing website The Pirate Bay, which has long been a target of the entertainment industry’s ire, could be blocked in the UK after the high court determined it breaches copyright law.
The site, which the Guardian reports has generated up to $3m in advertising revenue, allows users to download files called ‘Torrents’ which then allow people to download anything from music to video games.
Music groups that brought forward the legal action claim the website’s operators consistently ignore requests to block access to copyrighted material through its service.
Mr Justice Arnold determined that by doing this the owners of The Pirate Bay “authorise its users’ infringing acts of copying and communication to the public”.
This ruling is the second major coup for the entertainment industry, which last year succeeded in blocking a similar website, Newzbin2. It also “helps clarify” the law on website blocking, according to Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the British Phonographic Industry, which now intends to “proceed with our application to have the site blocked”.
In response to the verdict, a posting on The Pirate Bay’s blog accuses the UK court systems of “corruption” and being “technically uneducated”. It adds: “Both judges’ and the politicians of the United Kingdom of Censorship infringe the rights of the people… in the world.”