French Court Orders Internet Providers to Block Access to The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay Logo - P 2012

The Pirate Bay Logo - P 2012

A French anti-piracy group, backed by the music majors, pushed for the file-sharing site to be banned online

France has become the latest country to block The Pirate Bay.

A court in Paris has ordered French Internet service providers to block access to the notorious file-sharing site, ruling in favor of collection society and anti-piracy group SCPP, which brought the legal action before the courts earlier this year.

The group — representing some 2,000 music labels, including the majors Warner, Universal and Sony — succeeded in their goal of getting an injunction forcing French ISPs to take "all necessary measures" to render The Pirate Bay inaccessible to users in the country.

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The injunction requires French service providers to block both direct access to The Pirate Bay as well as access to all "its proxy and mirror sites."

The legal action follows a similar move in the U.K., which also requires all major ISPs to block access to most torrent sites, including The Pirate Bay.

Music labels and the Hollywood studios claim The Pirate Bay is responsible for facilitating massive piracy by allowing its users to share audio and video files online. The site's founders have all been convicted of copyright violation charges in Sweden. One, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, was recently sentenced by a court in Denmark to a three-and-a-half year prison term on separate charges of computer-hacking and illegally downloading files.

Following the hack of Sony Picture's computers, screener copies of several new Sony films, including Fury and Annie, turned up on The Pirate Bay and other sites worldwide.