Norway bans illegal MP3 sites

By Derek Sooman on
Norway has made it illegal to publish hyperlinks of stolen MP3s on websites, it has been revealed. The country’s Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's earlier ruling on this matter, stemming from a case involving a teenager named Frank Allan. Allan's site called allowed users to submit links to MP3 files, and soon became popular. Now, Norway has banned such sites. However, some people doubt the practicality of such a ban, with major search engines able to link to MP3 sites under some circumstances.

It means that in Norway, Google can be sued, closed down and its owners thrown into jail because it provides links to sites that distribute cracks, and illegal audio copies.

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