Court Orders Swedish ISP Telia To Block The Pirate Bay, Dreamfilm, FMovies, and NyaFilmer
Telia, an internet service provider (ISP) which operates in Sweden, has been ordered by Sweden’s Patent and Market Court to block several large torrent and streaming platforms — The Pirate Bay (TPB), Dreamfilm, Fmovies, and NyaFilmer. The decision came after a complaint was made by content companies and groups which include the Swedish Film Industry, Nordisk Film, Disney, Paramount, Columbia, Disney, and Twentieth Century Fox.
The decision to block The Pirate Bay, Deamfilm, FMovies, and NyaFilmer wasn’t a surprise at all. Last year, ISP Bredbandsbolaget was also ordered by the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal to block TPB and streaming site Swefilmer. At that time, Telia said that they will not block TPB unless forced to do so by the law.
Per Strömbäck of the Film and TV Industry Cooperation Committee said the decision was expected and complies with the current legal situation. Telia has to take the same responsibility in Sweden as it already does in Denmark and Norway.
According to reports, the interim will be valid from 30 October 2018. With that, Telia will stop providing subscribers access to the sites mentioned in the complaint and will continue to follow it until the case is finalized.
However, there were some who were against the decision. Jon Karlung, CEO of freedom-loving ISP Bahnhof said blocking does not work technically and, in principle, one can’t build a filter for everything they dislike on the internet. In doing so, they are destroying the core of the internet which is to communicate freely.
Other Alternative Torrent Sites
For those who are looking for alternative torrent sites like The Pirate Bay, we published a list last week.
- YTS (YIFY Torrent)
Aside from these, there’s also iDope and Limetorrents. These two are popular torrent search engines.
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