Dutch court gives rightsholder group unchecked power to block IPs and domains in the Netherlands

Niels sez, "Yesterday, the Court of The Hague ordered Dutch ISPs XS4ALL and Ziggo to block access to 3 IPs and 24 domains of The Pirate Bay. On top of that, it granted the entertainment industry's lobby organisation BREIN the power to order extra addresses to be added the blacklist, without having to go to court and without any further checks. XS4ALL, founded in 1993 by a group of Amsterdam based hackers and still advocate for online civil rights, is shocked by the ruling because it violates the freedom of information, which suggests that the judge finds the commercial interests of the entertainment industry to be more important than the civil liberties of the citizens of The Netherlands. Naturally, XS4ALL will appeal the ruling."