Dutch MP3 Site Ruled Illegal In Appeal; Taken Offline


The Dutch court of appeal has overturned a 2004 ruling legitimizing zoekmp3.nl, operated by Techno Design. The company took down the site rather than face fines of 10,000 euros a day but will still have to pay damages yet to be determined. Making mp3 files available online sans permission from the copyright holder is illegal under Dutch law; Techno Design posting warhnings but that wasn’t enough. From the ruling: “Such a warning ignores the reality that the lion’s share of visitors are looking for unauthorized MP3 files.”

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