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Dutch Pirate Party Dragging BREIN To Court 123 123

An anonymous reader writes "Last week the Dutch Pirate Party refused to take down their proxy. Then, avoiding the Pirate Party in court, the entertainment industry organization BREIN obtained an injunction against the party's The Pirate Bay proxy (now a list of alternative proxies). After receiving additional demands from BREIN on Saturday night, including one to censor their generic proxy, the Dutch Pirate Party decided to take them to court, to strike the order and convince the judge of the need for due process and the freedom to inform." From the press release: "The penalties imposed by the court are 4 times higher than those ordered upon the large commercial ISPs XS4ALL and Ziggo..."
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Dutch Pirate Party Dragging BREIN To Court

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  • by ninjaadmin (896197) on Monday April 16, 2012 @10:06AM (#39699831)
    How can you be forced to "take down" a pointer? Not only is tpb not hosting anything but pointers... but the proxy is just a pointer to a pointer... *boggle*
  • Re:Loophole (Score:5, Informative)

    by Kjella (173770) on Monday April 16, 2012 @10:19AM (#39699929) Homepage

    As much as I like to see this kind of "stick it to the man" attitude, this is merely the exploitation of a loophole. This will not last. I'll be very interested in seeing what they come up with next though.

    Personally I would suggest "The Pirate Browser" essentially TorBrowser configured to use a SE exit node and TPB as the home page. With the move to magnet links it really shouldn't be that much of a strain on the network and it'd be pretty damn big to block the entire TOR network... also the Pirate Party has recently been polling at >10% in Germany, if they can keep this up or increase more to the election next year this will get *really* interesting.

  • Re:Tug-of-war (Score:5, Informative)

    by MisterMidi (1119653) on Monday April 16, 2012 @10:42AM (#39700097) Homepage
    Except that here in the Netherlands we don't have a liberal democracy, we have a constitutional parliamentary monarchy. In theory the side with most people wins, but in practice it's always a coalition between parties and no single party gets the power.

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