Italy's Supreme Court explains ruling that ISPs should block The Pirate Bay
Rome, 8th January 2010
Italy's Supreme Court provided further detail last week on its November ruling confirming that a judge can request internet service providers (ISPs) to block BitTorrent sites being used to illegally disseminate copyright infringing content, regardless of where they are hosted.
The decision came in the Supreme Court's review of The Pirate Bay case, which was originally heard in the Court of Bergamo. The Supreme Court ruled that sites that host torrent files play a significant role in the uploading and downloading process of their users and constitute a form of complicity in the execution of the offences. It further ruled it was irrelevant that the service was not operated in Italy or by Italian citizens as it was used by Italians to distribute copyright infringing material.
The judicial authority can now request that ISPs block access to The Pirate Bay and any comparable illegal p2p services
Enzo Mazza, president of FIMI, which represents the recorded music industry in Italy, says: "The Supreme Court has unambiguously detailed its ruling on The Pirate Bay case. They have seen through the disingenuous arguments put forward by The Pirate Bay and its supporters and recognised it for what it is, an illegal business set up to make money for its owners by riding roughshod over the rights of others."
For further information contact:
Alex Jacob, IFPI London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7878 7940 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 7878 7935 (Press Office)