It's become quite common for judges who don't quite understand technology to make bad rulings in technology-related cases. Smart judges at least make an effort to actually understand the technology, but you would think they should do so before ordering things to be shut down. Last week, we told you about a Brazilian judge ordering YouTube offline because some people had seen a video on the site of a well-known Brazilian model having sex on the beach. Even though YouTube had removed the video, others had put it back, and so the judge demanded that YouTube be taken down. Barring that, he suggested that ISPs step up and block YouTube, which apparently a few of them have done. However, at some point, the judge apparently got a slightly better understanding of how the internet worked, and has now lifted the original order, while demanding an explanation for why these ISPs can't just block the video, but leave access to the rest of YouTube. So, apparently, it's now clear that banning all of YouTube over one video is inappropriate, but the lessons haven't reached the point where the judge understands that banning anything online, or expecting an ISP to be able to block just a certain video is impossible.
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