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Greek justice to rule on blocking sites by ISPs

8 May, 2013
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Deutsch: Griechenland: Justiz muss über Netzsperren durch ISPs entscheiden


AEPI, the Greek Society for the Protection of Intellectual Property, has filed an action in court to have several major torrent sites, among which KickAssTorrents, isoHunt, 1337x and H33T, blocked by ISPs, according to a report from Torrentfreak.

The Greek anti-piracy group AEPI has first filed a temporary injunction against several ISPs (including OTE, Wind, Vodafone, Forthnet, Hellas Online, On Telecoms and the academic GRNET) to force them to block the respective sites by IP and DNS. According to TorrentFreak sources, The Pirate Bay will also be targeted by AEPI.

AEPI’s request was heard on 30 April by the Athens Court. AEPI asked for an immediate interim injunction to stop the sites from infringing the copyrights of their members. The ISPs replied that as the respective sites had been operating for years, there was hardly a case of urgency.

On 2 May 2013, the preliminary injunction demanded by AEPI was rejected by the court which considered there was no character of urgency of the matter. However, the substance of the case is yet to be ruled on, with the next hearing to take place on 21 August 2013.

“It should be noted that this is the first time a case of this magnitude and importance has appeared before a (local) court, even for temporary measures. The option to block access to sites raises serious questions on the issue of the protection of Net Neutrality.” stated Greek news outlet ADSLGR for TorrentFreak.

Anti-Piracy Group Demands Blocks of KickAss, isoHunt, 1337x and H33T (2.05.2013)
http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-group-demands-blocks-of-kickass-is...

Court Papers (only in Greek)
http://www.sillogi.gr/pakat/peirates/dikografa_aepi_vs_paroxoi.pdf

Rejected the application for a temporary injunction AEPI against providers (only in Greek, 2.05.2013)
http://bit.ly/10fLgts

 

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