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Dutch Government Will Make File-Sharing Against The Law

Dutch Government Will Make File-Sharing Against The Law

Added: Monday, April 18th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Normally, The Netherlands has been among the most lenient countries over the matter of sharing the copyrighted content online. However, this will no longer be so if the Government decided to implement its new plans and make downloading of copyrighted files against the law. The authorities say that such change is necessary to solve the problem of the pirate websites.


Thanks to the activity of the pro-copyright group BREIN, the country has been often in the news related to file-sharing and copyright cases. BREIN is proud of initiating the demise of the once biggest BitTorrent tracker MiniNova, achieving a conviction against The Pirate Bay owners, and gaining a victory against one of the biggest Usenet online communities. All the mentioned victories were achieved even despite the fact that the non-commercial downloading of copyrighted content is legal in The Netherlands. In fact, the country only prohibits the uploading of copyrighted material, but even this may soon change.

Yesterday, the country’s State Secretary of Security and Justice made a statement, saying that the government is going to modernize the copyright legislation, within which downloading of all copyrighted content would also be illegal. Besides, the authorities plan to get rid of the “copy-levy” ($0.20 to $0.87) per each blank CD and DVD. The levy in question was earlier introduced with the purpose of compensating the copyright owners for the movies and music copied for personal use.

Meanwhile, the government clarified that the new legislation does not mean that the individual downloaders will be aggressively prosecuted, but rather that the pirate sites will be blocked by the ISPs, which is currently impossible. Actually, BREIN already tried to sue a couple of the largest Dutch broadband providers, demanding that they should block access to The Pirate Bay. At the time, BREIN lost the battle, but now it may be looking forward to revenge.

The State Secretary admitted that The Pirate Bay BitTorrent tracker is one of the main targets, calling it a “major resource of unauthorized content” which should be filtered by broadband providers. Responding to the announcement, BREIN promised that it won’t pursue individual file-sharers in the future either, turning its attention to the websites solely.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

April 18th,2011

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Date:  Monday, April 18th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-18 22:27:30)
nobs68 avatarThe world has gone mad. But again we see that money talks not words.

posted by (2011-04-19 00:10:37)
DoomRider13 avatarPirates fight until death! BREIN will lose every battle! Personally I will fight until death too for my rights and sharing stuff online is an human right! Yep,the world has gone mad!

posted by (2011-04-19 13:16:50)
moviefreak24 avatarNo individual file sharers will be prosecuted? So it's only a matter of bypassing the isp block to acces the sites and we could still download? Assuming there is a way around it that is..

posted by (2011-04-20 03:43:21)
sebaygo1 avatar"The State Secretary admitted that The Pirate Bay BitTorrent tracker is one of the main targets...."

Interesting, since The Pirate Bay is, strictly speaking, NOT a tracker (but rather an indexer).

This nonsense could be part of a growing trend, though. I think New Zealand has very recently passed legislation to outlaw file sharing even if no copyright issues are involved! Have not heard how it is to be enforced.

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