Dutch Court Orders Web Host to Pay Damages for Facilitating Copyright Infringement
According to a report by CNET, XS Networks knew it was hosting illegal torrent sharing site SumoTorrent, but refused to pull the website offline without a court order. XS Networks eventually handed over some information without the court order, CNET says, but it wasn fast enough, since SumoTorrent had moved on to a provider in the Ukraine by that point.Tim Kuik, president of BREIN, told the BBC that Dutch law states that if a website is deemed illegal, the host has a responsibility to take it offline. Now, he says, a new precedent has been set: if the web host doesn act it becomes liable for damages.Kuik warned other web hosts in the EU to learn from XS Networks mistakes, since this ruling proves there are consequences for hosting providers.This brings into question whether web hosts are knowingly hosting sites like SumoTorrent. In this case, the court ruled that the illegal activities of SumoTorrent obvious to XS Networks, or should have been obvious to XS Networks. Networks went out of business in February, but before closing shop posted a statement on its website, denying that its actions were illegal.regret that [BREIN has] chosen to make a spectacle of our last month in business, XS Networks says.It is unknown exactly how much XS Networks has been ordered to pay, but TorrentFreak says the court has ordered XS Networks to surrender personal information it has on SumoTorrent or face a penalty of 10,000 euros per day.This news comes as Pirate Bay has switched to cloud hosting in an effort to decrentalize data, protecting it from shutdowns.Talk back: What is your take on this ruling? Do you think web hosts should feel threatened, particularly those in the Netherlands? Let us know in a comment.