Top EU court confirms legality of ISP blocks on pirate sites

Tom Pakinkis

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that ISPs can legally block pirate sites.

The verdict comes out of a case in the film industry after Austrian ISP UPC Telekabel Wien failed to block access to – the largest pirate site in German-speaking Europe, boasting 4 million users every day – at the request of Constantin Film and Wega.

As part of the case, the CJEU was asked to clarify the legality of site blocking, ...

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