The entertainment industry is famous for overhyping each minor victory in their "war" on piracy, often claiming that something is a significant blow to those who engage in activities they don't like. Of course, in almost every instance, the "significant blow" turns out to be nothing of the sort. If anything, it tends to backfire more often than not, whether by giving free publicity to an obscure service or in driving file sharers to more underground sources. Yet, the big cartels in the industry never learn and can't wait to tout their "successes" in the media. The latest is that the IFPI has successfully convinced a Danish court that Allofmp3 is a bad, bad thing and needs to be banned. In order to ban it, the court has ruled that ISP Tele2 must block access to the site -- which is easier said than done in an age of encryption, VPNs and proxy servers. However, that doesn't stop the IFPI from claiming this is a much bigger deal than it is: "This decision eliminates any doubt that people may have about the illegality of allofmp3.com." No, sorry. All it does is make it clear that Allofmp3 is illegal in Denmark -- but says nothing of its legality in Russia. Plus, this is only a first ruling. Tele2 has already said it plans to appeal the case -- and while that appeal is pending, plenty of folks in Denmark have now been alerted to the presence of Allofmp3. Update: Excellent comment (from someone in Denmark) that notes that this "victory" is even less of a victory than the IFPI touts, as it only seems to cover a single ISP and leaves the others open. It's not clear, though, why it would only be against one ISP.
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