Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Mar 2012 16:43 UTC
Internet & Networking "The Pirate Bay is not only the most visited BitTorrent site on the Internet, but arguably the most censored too. Many ISPs have been ordered to block their customers’ access to the website, and recently Microsoft joined in on the action by stopping people sharing its location with others. Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger now refuses to pass on links to The Pirate Bay website, claiming they are unsafe." They refuse links to The Pirate Bay. In that light, here are a bunch of completely and utterly useless links to The Pirate Bay. And some more. And then some. Update: We have some more links to The Pirate Bay.
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RE: Link ?
by snowbender on Sun 25th Mar 2012 10:43 UTC in reply to "Link ?"
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Well, more correctly, it is only blocked if you are using the dns servers from your isp. It is not blocked for anyone who is using other dns servers. And I think it is as of this moment (still?) not illegal in Belgium to use other dns servers.

Btw, I do not agree with those blockings. In Belgium, everyone already pays a special tax every month because supposedly everyone is actually illegally downloading stuff. Whenever we buy empty audio cds, we already pay a special tax because everyone is supposedly using those cds to illegally copy music. In Belgium you have to pay SABAM if you want to switch on the radio in a company office, because that is considered a public performance. (Note that the radio station itself already have to pay SABAM a huge fee) Construction workers that wanna play music during work, have to pay SABAM. People opening a child care centre and want to play music for the children, have to pay SABAM. A public library that organises a reading hour (someone reads from a book and people listen), has to pay SABAM. Also keep in mind that when we buy the originals, we already pay the artists and all. I think within a couple of years, we'll have to pay SABAM when we like to watch a movie with the whole family.

Honestly, I don't understand how an organization like SABAM gets away with all those things. They even try to charge people for artists that are not even registered with SABAM, but with another organisation (Eskeep). They are not very clean themselves. Why does the government listen to them and just start to 'censor' the internet, and allow all those taxes?

I am not saying that piracy is ok or that piracy should be tolerated, but... either piracy is forbidden, but then we shouldn't be paying a tax every month on our tv or internet subscription, or either they insist on the extra tax, but then they cannot claim it is forbidden, since we already have to pay for it. Or is the idea that everyone sticks to the rules, but has to pay for the neighbour that is illegally downloading stuff?

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