Last Friday’s ruling by the Stockholm District Court that a local ISP cannot be forced to block The Pirate Bay will not mark the end of the matter. The copyright holders behind the legal action say that they are surprised by the decision and will definitely be taking their case to appeal.
In a landmark decision, a Swedish court on Friday ruled that the country’s internet service providers cannot be forced to block controversial Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay.
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) fears the grassroots tech community, and rightly so. Internet users are the community that killed SOPA and PIPA in the U.S. Congress and ACTA in the European Parliament. The USTR is right to fear that the same could happen to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP).
To expand the benefits of the internet, we need to continue building the private web to power innovation, develop ideas, protect our assets and strengthen human rights for all.