BREIN claims that both platforms offer large amounts of copyrighted material, including e-books, causing “significant financial harm” to authors and publishers. They often advocate using legal means, such as libraries providing access to e-books. The decision by the Rotterdam District Court was directed against a local Internet service provider. However, all major providers in the Netherlands are expected to block it.

The blocking order is “dynamic”, allowing copyright owners to update targeted domains and IP addresses if sites attempt to bypass the blocking. This also applies to mirror sites.

This approach has previously been criticized by internet service provider KPN on the grounds that the regulations are too broad. However, the court supported the system, citing its successful experience.

BREIN increased the pressure further and announced that Google was cooperating in the case. Once notified of the court’s decision, Google will remove the blocked domains from search results in the Netherlands.

Source: Ferra

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