Dutch internet providers must block streaming services like Lookmovie and Flixtor after Brein wins lawsuit. The case was against KPN, but the service providers agreed to accept such rulings.
Lookmovie and Flixtor are two streaming services that offer movies and series for free or for a fee. Lookmovie also offers Dutch movies. Brin says the services don’t have permission to do so, and thus infringe the rights holders’ copyrights.
KPN argues that such a blockade is not an effective measure, because blockades can be circumvented. The judge did not agree, because research shows that such blockades are effective. “It cannot be ruled out that Internet users circumvent bans via VPN connections, but it is plausible that blocking websites means that these websites are no longer available to ordinary Internet users, or at least much more difficult.” writes the judge.
KPN has five working days under the ruling to ban the two platforms, including proxies and mirrors. Although the lawsuit was only filed against this provider, other Dutch service providers will adopt the ruling. At the end of 2021, they signed a charter in which they agreed. In addition to KPN, Ziggo, T-Mobile, Delta Fiber Netherlands and a number of smaller service providers are also participating in the covenant.
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