ISP Telenor Will Voluntarily Block The Pirate Bay in Sweden

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.

Ace Hosting Shutdown, Users in Danger

Ace Hosting has closed its business and is dissolving after having agreed to hand over a copyright settlement of £100,000 to the Premier League. VAT not paid, corporation tax bills £260,000 also unpaid, and its subscribers and resellers owed roughly £353,000, Ace is in hot water. The worst thing though is its users’ details are set to be public and may even be handed to the authorities.

For those who are unaware, unauthorized IPTV services have gained popularity in recent years as they offer thousands of unlicensed channels at cheap rates, are reasonably reliable, and provide decent levels of service.

They are, however, a considerable menace to rightsholders who long to see them fall. In this particular case, it’s the Premier League, which has been disrupting IPTV services for quite some time, hoping they’ll shut down.

While others have bypassed it, Ace Hosting could not and so have ended up in this precarious position.

Users in Danger

For subscribers and resellers what is more worrying than the £353,000 owed to them by Ace Hosting is their details being made public and the potential handing over to the authorities. Most people will forego their £3, but to see their personal information going into the hands of interested parties is not something they would want.

Conclusion

Ace Hosting saga will eventually fade into history. Subscribers will probably not be tried, but then again it is an essential lesson for everyone.