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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RE: The Real Lack of Common Sense
by WorknMan on Sun 8th Nov 2009 16:19 UTC in reply to "The Real Lack of Common Sense"
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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?

You're right, there's nothing they can do to stop torrents, or piracy in general. This is the same reason why the content providers will never be able to come up with a business model that competes with piracy. No matter how cheap they make the content, people who want to download it for $0 will continue to do so, and there's nothing that can be done about that.

And I like the pic of the shirt that says 'You wouldn't download a car...', though I'm sure most people would if they could. And they will, just as soon as technology allows them to do so. And then they'll bitch about how expensive cars are in order to justify their actions.

Edited 2009-11-08 16:21 UTC

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