German Injunction Knocks The Pirate Bay Offline Temporarily

A German court injunction won by Hollywood studios against bandwidth provider CB3ROB took the bit torrent site The Pirate Bay offline. But the site is expected to be up again soon, according to its director.

The district court in Hamburg ordered discontinuation of service for The Pirate Bay for linking to six torrents for movies from The Walt Disney Studios. If CB3ROB does not comply with the demands of the injunction won by the Motion Picture Association (MPA), CB3ROB director Sven Kamphuis risks a €250,000 (US$308,730) fine per copyright infringement and imprisonment up to a maximum of two years.

Kamphuis, however, does not agree with the terms set by the German courts and sees no harm in providing bandwidth to the torrent site, arguing this is core business for ISPs (Internet service providers). The provider offers a single Internet connection and is not responsible for the information provided through these connections, he said. Kamphuis is demanding compensation from the MPA for losing a paying customer and because the injunction violated provider rights.

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