The case was brought forward by the authors’ rights lobby group Stichting Brein which campaigns against illegal downloading.
The two internet firms have been ordered to block three IP addresses and 24 domain names which relate to The Pirate Bay – including the Belgian version of the site: depiraatbaai.be.
Stichting Brein unsuccessfully fought to have Ziggo block access to the illegal file sharing site in the summer of 2010; then they argued that because The Pirate Bay isn’t located on a Ziggo server, Ziggo can’t be held responsible for restricting access to the website, and a lower court dismissed the case.
If the two companies fail to meet the deadline, they will be forced to pay 10,000 euros for every day the site is accessible. They are both considering an appeal.
The Pirate Bay is the largest torrent tracker in existence, after facing many raids, shut downs and court rulings, the website still remains online and fully operational. Almost two years ago, The Pirate Bay “Four” were fined$3.6 million and one year in prison, none of which they have paid.