NautaDutilh is assisting Ziggo in the lawsuit against Stichting BREIN, the anti-piracy organisation funded by the entertainment industry. In proceedings on the merits, Stichting BREIN seeks an injunction to the effect that Ziggo and other internet access providers block access to the web site The Pirate Bay. Internet users use this website to share files using a peer to peer technology (bit torrent).
The case came before the District Court in The Hague on Friday 11 November 2011. Ziggo is of the opinion that there are fundamental objections to such a generic website block. Ziggo also argued that this is pointless as such blocking measures can be easily circumvented. Moreover, the requested blocking of IP addresses and DNS names would involve operational and security risks.
Last year, in summary proceedings, the District Court in The Hague ruled that the blocking measures demanded by Brein are not possible under Dutch law. However, these measures are allowed elsewhere in Europe.
The District Court in The Hague will render its judgement on the proceedings on the merits on 11 January 2012.
The team assisting Ziggo is being led by John Allen and also consists of Marlous Schrijvers and Bindu de Knock.
Tweakers.net and webwereld have published articles regarding this topic (Dutch only).