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The Swedish ISP that was ordered by a court in August to block The Pirate Bay has reportedly decided to appeal the verdict.

Last month TPB was taken offline after Stockholm’s district court ordered its bandwidth supplier - Black Internet - to stop serving the BitTorrent website’s traffic or face a penalty of 500,000 kronor (£43,000) a day.

Black Internet’s CEO Victor Möller, who immediately following the shuttering said the company wouldn’t appeal the court decision, told IDG yesterday that he had a change of heart about the verdict.

"This is a very important question for all ISPs and we can't just lay down," he said.

Black Internet was forced to pull the plug on TPB on 24 August. Unsurprisingly, TPB quickly relocated and was temporarily resuscitated for some users after the site’s operators grabbed a new web connection from another web service provider.

Möller initially explained to Computer Sweden why he had backed away from the notion of appealing the verdict, citing the amount of time, money and effort he would have to commit to the cause as his reasons for not returning to court.

"The district court made a very controversial decision. The entire ISP business needs some clarity in this matter. A door has been opened and we don't know what's behind it," he said yesterday.

Black Internet’s decision to appeal comes days after The Pirate Bay’s suitor, Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF), was booted off the Swedish stock exchange after being found guilty of “serious infringements”.

Despite that major setback, GGF’s boss Hans Pandeya insisted that his £4.7m plan to buy the website would still happen.

He had originally circled 27 August as the date for completion of the acquisition, before Swedish stock exchange authorities pissed on his chips. ®

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