From Torrent Freak:
Domain name blocking has become one of the entertainment industries’ go-to methods for reducing online copyright infringement.
Blocking requests from both the music and movie sector are widespread around Europe, but until now Germany has been excluded.
However, this may soon change. In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court has today opened the door to German pirate site blockades.
The origin of the ruling dates back seven years when German music rights group GEMA, known for its aggressive anti-piracy stance, found music tracks on major file-hosting sites being distributed via the music linking site 3DL.am.
After GEMA failed in its efforts to contact 3DL’s operators to deal with the infringement, the music group tried another tactic.
In a subsequent complaint, GEMA demanded that in order to reduce further copyright infringement, leading German ISP Deutsche Telekom should take technical steps to stop its customers from accessing 3DL.am.
The ISP refused, stating that as a mere ‘dumb pipe’ it has nothing to do with the infringement on the site. Furthermore, blocking one site would simply lead to increasing numbers of similar demands, the ISP argued.
Together with a similar lawsuit against the site Goldesel.to, the case eventually ended up at the Supreme Court which ruled on the issue today.
In its order the court argues that an ISP blockade is warranted if copyright holders have exhausted all their options to identify the operators or hosting providers of pirate sites.
The court also noted that it doesn’t matter if users can circumvent blockades.…