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Court of Appeal upholds Pirate Bay injunction

Helsinki’s Court of Appeal has upheld the District Court’s decision to order internet service provider DNA to block customer access to online pirating site The Pirate Bay.

Image: Yle Uutisgrafiikka

The original decision of the District Court, requiring DNA to prevent access to the servers and website of the infamous file-sharing site, was made in June last year. The order was carried out by removing domain names and IP addresses from DNA servers and made service providers liable for hefty fines for non-compliance.

The Finnish branch of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, IFPI Finland, is behind the Pirate Bay block. The organisation represents music giants EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music and Warner Music Finland.

The Court of appeal today decided that the decision could not be overturned and that court costs for the appeal were unrecoverable, to be paid in full by the telecommunications provider. 

DNA has until April 9 to apply for leave to take the matter to the Supreme Court.