A Dutch court has ruled in favor of antipiracy foundation BREIN, giving three of The Pirate Bay's co-founders 10 days to block traffic to and from the Netherlands, effectively revoking access to its residents.
According to blog TorrentFreak, the suit goes against The Pirate Bay founders Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, all of whom were reportedly not even aware of the case. As a response they sent back a letter to the court to get it dismissed, and are currently seeking an appeal with legal representation.
The ruling, which took place on Thursday, will put a hefty 3 million euro fine on the three if they choose not to comply, along with a 30,000 euro ($42,227) per day fine if access is still not shut off after that 10 days.
Back in mid-April, the three, along with Carl Lundstrom, who had been financing The Pirate Bay's operations, were found guilty by a Swedish court helping users commit copyright infringement. The four were ordered to pay $3.6 million in damages and serve a year in prison. Also, on Wednesday, the Motion Picture Association of America filed legal papers in a Swedish court saying that even after the April ruling, Neij, Svartholm Warg, and Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi continue to help people commit copyright infringement--a claim which Kolmisoppi and co. have vehemently denied.
Things have also become complicated with the potential sale of the site. Swedish company Global Gaming Factory announced plans to buy The Pirate Bay for a reported $7.8 million last month, although the latest negotiations have fizzled.