THE PIRATE BAY torrent website has just been blocked for the next three years, a court has ruled.

The Swedish Court of Appeal has ruled that local Internet Service Provider (ISP) Bredbandsbolaget is required to block notorious torrent site The Pirate Bay for the next three years.

The injunction is line with the EU law, the Swedish Patent and Market Court of Appeal has claimed.

Bredbandsbolaget had previously argued that its role was to simply supply internet access – not regulate the website that could be accessed.

Clearly, that has changed following the ruling, which the court believes is proportional “in the light of EU law”.

According to technology blog FossBytes, this verdict could act as a doorway for copyright holders to target torrent websites in the future.

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