UK Mobile Operators Blocking Pirate Bay

Michael Geist, Website, Apr 22, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The website Pirate Bay is still accessible here, but there are reports that mobile operaters in Britain are blocking access, this following the site operators' conviction of violating copyright law. The blockages are being described as "voluntrary", which raises the question of whether we want ISPs to be enacting "voluntary" blockades against sites they think ought to be banned? Like, say, Wikipedia pages? The verdict, meanwhile, has sparked outrage in the community, with activists launching DOS attacks against publisher websites; this sort of "voluntary" blockage is, of course, deemed to be illegal. Meanwhile, real pirates are being released, and of course, the flood of real crime on the internet - the scams, phishing, identity theft, spam, and more - continues unabated.
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