Telenor, an ISP will block The Pirate Bay in Sweden voluntarily. It is a result of the consolidation with Bredbandsbolaget; a Telenor owned ISP that was previously tasked with blocking The Pirate Bay.
In 2014, Nordisk Film, Swedish Film Industry, Sony Music, Universal Music, and Warner Music filed a case against Bredbandsbolaget, one of Sweden’s biggest ISPs.
The ISP did not back down.
The company stated that it refuses to block The Pirate Bay.
The parties met in court in February 2015. Bredbandsbolaget argued that ISPs just like postal service should not be held responsible for content exchange.
TV companies SVT, TV4 Group, MTG TV, SBS Discovery and C More, teamed up with the IFPI alongside Paramount, Disney, Warner, and Sony in the case.
The Stockholm District Court in November 2015 decided in favor of Bredbandsbolaget.
Bredbandsbolaget blocked The Pirate Bay in March 2017 but pledged to fight on.
It seemed to have affected Telenor, the parent company of Bredbandsbolaget, as The Pirate Bay will be blocked by Telenor too.
The reason could be because the two brands will now merge into one entity even though Bredbandsbolaget was acquired by Telenor back in 2005.
Before the merger, Bredbandsbolaget’s 600,000 broadband customers were denied access to The Pirate Bay, now 700,000 of Telenor’s customers will likely face the same fate.
The company said they are merging both the brands.
Anyway, it’s a wise move because at EU level the legal basis for web-blocking on copyright infringement grounds was firmly established last year.