Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Nov 2009 11:22 UTC
Legal Every now and then you come across these news items that make just too much sense to be true. Earlier this year, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry threatened Norway's largest ISP, Telenor: block access to The Pirate Bay within 14 days, or face legal action. Telenor refused to comply - so it went to court. In what can only be seen as a major victory, the judge sided with Telenor.
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The Real Lack of Common Sense
by rexstuff on Sat 7th Nov 2009 19:41 UTC
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The real lack of common sense is in the actual ability of an ISP to block access to a website. An HTTP proxy, or something like Tor is next to trivial to setup, even for not-terribly-savvy computer users.

I cannot think of a way any ISP can easily block access to an individual website, while still allowing general access to the Internet that cannot be easily circumvented.

And even if they did, or could, so what? How many other public torrent trackers are there? Do they seriously think that blocking access to one will slow the flow of torrents one iota?

Once again, we have the problem of people and organizations ignorant of technology trying to use/implement the legal system around it. Legislators don't understand, lawyers don't understand, and judges don't understand; I despair that we can never hope to have reasonable laws regarding techology, copyright, and freedom of speech.

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