Despite recent rulings requiring ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay, millions of internet users are finding ways to get around the restrictions. The Netherlands’ Pirate Party had been offering a proxy to let users gain access to the links hosted on The Pirate Bay without actually having to visit the site directly.
However, following a complaint lodged by the anti-piracy group Brein, a court in the Hague has ruled that The Pirate Party must cease publicising ways to circumvent blocks to The Pirate Bay. A subsequent court order has now instructed a further five ISPs to block access to the site in addition to two of the country’s biggest ISPs that were subject to a previous ruling.
The Dutch Pirate Party have responded to the ruling by posting on their homepage that the latest decision is ”a slap in the face for the free internet.” The statement continued: “More and more bits of the internet will have to be censored because they might be used to get access to ‘infringing’ sites, until eventually most of the internet will be unreachable.”
Meanwhile in the UK, despite the ruling on April 30th that ordered five ISPs to block access to The Pirate Bay, the UK’s Pirate Party still offers a proxy-based workaround enabling web users to procure links from there, allowing for the downloading of copyrighted material.
There has been no comment so far from the British Phonographic Industry (the organisation which pushed for legal action against The Pirate Bay in the UK) on whether or not it will be seeking a ruling similar to that gained by Brein.