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Record companies take Pirate Bay to court

IFPI Finland, the national trade association representing record companies in Finland, has filed a lawsuit against the administrators of the Pirate Bay website, demanding that they should stop illegal distribution of music.

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IFPI Finland is also calling on telecom operators Sonera and DNA to close access to the site.

The association demands that the administrators of the Pirate Bay should pay compensation to the right holders of the music for any unauthorised activity.

At the same time, IFPI Finland has submitted petitions to the Helsinki and Vantaa District Courts, ordering Sonera and DNA to close access to the peer-to-peer file sharing website.

“Lawlessness needs to be eliminated through court orders under which telecommunications companies would be obligated to prevent access to services that are clearly unlawful,” says Antti Kotilainen, managing director of the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC).

The new lawsuit follows an October ruling by the Helsinki District Court, which ordered telecoms operator Elisa to prevent customer access to the Pirate Bay. Elisa is taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

The Pirate Party of Finland says that this legal action constitutes a declaration of war against the internet community. The non-parliamentary party refers to a fresh ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union, which states that a national court may not require a service provider to filter consumer access in this manner. The judgement can be found here (siirryt toiseen palveluun) in pdf form.