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Back in March 2009, the IFPI and several local movie studios began putting pressure on Telenor, Norway’s largest Internet service provider. It was a familiar tale – stop your subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay, the ISP was told, or legal action will follow.Following Telenor’s refusal the rightsholders kept their word and took the case to court, but things didn’t go well. In November 2009 a court ruled that the ISP had no obligation to block the world’s most infamous torrent site.In February 2010 a subsequent rightsholder appeal was rejected as there was no basis under Norwegian law for the claim. IFPI and music rights outfit TONO said they appreciated the clarification of the law and together called for legislative change to “close the hole” in the country’s Copyright Act......This month the Norwegian government will finally present its new anti-piracy plan and as expected opposition is mounting against what some net activists and technologists see as the seeds of increasing Internet censorship.“One of the greatest advantages of the internet is its openness. It concerns us if the government is willing to restrict this,” says Tore Tennøe of the Technology Council, an independent public body tasked with the promotion of debate on the opportunities and implications of new technologies.“If the measures are indeed as they have been outlined, it will be a step towards more heavy-handed control. It’s something we’re used to seeing in countries that we do not like to compare ourselves with,” Tennøe adds.Torgeir Waterhouse, Director of Internet and new media at IKT Norway, says that blocking measures will only enjoy short-term effectiveness and will be easily circumvented. Waterhouse also expresses concern about government plans to lift red tape enabling rightsholders to link harvested IP addresses to individuals more easily.“In practice, this means that everyone who has recorded a song or composed a text will have the opportunity to monitor other people online,” he told NRK.no. “If you include all the licensees, we quickly arrive at between 1 and 2 million people who will get this opportunity, says Waterhouse.