Following a debate on proposed new criminal legislation in the Netherlands (background) spokesperson Wiebe Alkema of the the Dutch Ministry of Justice has responded that the suggestion to have Public Prosecutors remove content from the internet will only involve online child pornography and other unlawful content and that they “will not meddle with stuff like The Pirate Bay”.
A very interesting quote considering the verdict of a Dutch judge earlier this year:
Amsterdam District Court confirmed the interlocutory injunction in the case between BREIN and The Pirate Bay of late 2009. This verdict makes clear that The Pirate Bay acts unlawful by enabling its users to infringing copyrighted works on a large scale. The interlocutory injunction ordered The Pirate Bay to stop its activities in the Netherlands, by order of a penalty of 50,000 euro’s per day. The Pirate Bay refuses to follow the verdict.
The remark is even more interesting when realizing that the proposed legislation describes a takedown process which allows for a proper judicial review only after the takedown itself.
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/internet/2334955/ministerie-verdedigt-wetsvoorstel-computercriminaliteit.html