In a new lawsuit, record labels and movie studios are targeting the world’s largest pirate sites to be blocked in Norway. Read on to learn the progression of the appeals that the rightsholders have taken over the years.
The IFPI along with a number of local movie studios demanded that Telenor, a Norwegian Internet Service Provider, should block The Pirate Bay. However, the Norwegian ISP refused which resulted to a legal action.
Then, there was a ruling that followed, determining no legal basis for website blocking.
An appeal of a rightsholder also failed.
Proposals for amendments to the Copyright Act which would include web blocking were put forward by the Ministry of Culture.
The new law came into effect.
11 local ISPs and alleged operators of 8 pirate sites are being sued by movie studios and record labels which include:
- Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.
- Disney Entertainment Inc.
- Fox Paramount Home
- Nopa Norwegian Association for composers and lyricists
- Nordisk Film Distribution AS
- Paramount Pictures Corporation
- Sf Norway AS
- Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Universal City Studios Productions LLLP
- Universal Sony Pictures Home
- Warner Bros. Entertainment Norway AS
- Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
- Altibox AS
- Get AS
- Homenet AS
- Ice Norway AS
- NextGenTel AS
- Telenor Norway AS
- TeliaSonera AS
- TeliaSonera Norway AS
Defendant pirate sites:
- Pirate Bay plus operators Neij Fredrik and Trakunroek Supavadee
- Prime Wire op Bein Aime Investments Ltd
- Viooz plus operator Bakrie Abubakr
According to the Norwegian tabloid newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN), the movie studios and labels also filed an initial complaint with ISPs which was sent to Telenor, Get, NextGenTel and Altibox back in April. The demands are almost similar where the main local ISPs must block subscriber access to The Pirate Bay and other related sites.
Protecting music and film copyrights has definitely come to the entertainment industry’s attention. This is an important development and we can expect many more to follow in the coming years.