Third Time's A Charm For Turkish YouTube Ban? Maybe This Time The Video Will REALLY Disappear

from the definition-of-insanity dept

The Associated Press is reporting that a Turkish court has banned YouTube access from the country for the second time, once again for a video that "insults" the country's founder. It's actually the third (not second) time a court has banned YouTube for the same reason. The first was back in March, though the ban was lifted a few days later. The second time was back in September, though apparently the ban was never implemented. This time, however, the full ban is in place again. You would think, given the earlier experiences with these "bans" that clearly did not stop such videos from getting online the courts might realize what a silly idea it is to ban all of YouTube. You might even think that the Turkish courts would realize that every time they ban YouTube for one of these silly immature videos, those videos suddenly gain a much broader worldwide audience. However, it appears that such things haven't occurred to the judges there. Perhaps they really think that banning YouTube will solve the problem this time and no one will ever speak ill of Turkey's founder ever again.


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    Bernard Matthews, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 6:03am

    Why would anyone speak ill of Turkey's founder? I mean he's been bringing high quality poultry to the world for years ;-p

    http://www.bernardmatthews.com

     

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    The Swiss Cheese Monster, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 7:08am

    hmm.

    What a bunch of Turkeys.

     

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    Orhun Seymen, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 7:28am

    I don't support banning, but freedom being used shouldn't insult others.
    Also Turkey and turkey are defferent. In fact It is Turkiye tou mar pronounce is as Turkeeye....

     

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      mikecancook, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 8:37am

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      Yes, freedom shouldn't be used to insult others.

      Just like we should live under the continuous weight that anything we say probably will insult someone whether they heard it or not.

      Actually, we really just shouldn't say anything at all. Like momma said, "if you don't have anything nice to say..."

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 10:10am

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      I don't want to live in a world where I am not allowed to make fun of George W. Bush Jr.

      Do you?

       

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        TheDock22, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 10:25am

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        No, but I do want to live in a world where people come up with some better jokes. I'm getting tired of the old ones.

         

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      America, Jan 23rd, 2008 @ 4:45pm

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      Speak english ya terrorist!!

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 7:29am

    Thank you

    Thank you for not mentioning the Streisand Effect.

     

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    Joe, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 8:00am

    Well I'm not that patriotic, but this is why I am glad I live in the States. At least here you don't get banned over making fun of our silly politicians. You just get watched by a paranoid "guwbement" bureacracy.

     

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      Niftyswell, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 2:11pm

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      Strange how the people who arent all that patriotic support and encourage the right to on one hand ...

      1) use that right to disparage the president openly in virtually every mainstream television media outlet

      while on the other hand

      2) seek to restrict the rights of those in the opposite party from expressing their views on the radio air waves via the 'fairness doctrine'

      I am not on the Bush fanboy wagon...but I am on the freedom wagon and am very wary when people seek to suppress dissenting opinion.

       

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    Danny, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 8:19am

    which movies got the ban?

    Anyone know which YouTube movies provoked the ban?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 8:35am

    long live Tyson fresh produce

     

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    mikecancook, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 8:45am

    The inter-tubes

    Personally, I think that every incoming and outgoing internet connection for every country should go through a sort of checkpoint right at the border. These checkpoints should be manned by two very inept guards with no understanding of technology or basic algebra.

    Anything that comes in that is objectionable to the laws, majority religions or any particular political figure trying to make a name for himself can be "converted" into non-objectionable content that will continue to satiate the masses into the false sense of security that no one out there hates anyone for any differences that have accumulated since the beginning of time.

    I for one will be the guy in the corner will the silly grin. Oh, I think a koala just crapped a rainbow in my brain. yay!

    Yes, this was a stupid post, but I think it makes just as much sense as a court banning Youtube or any other inter-tube.

     

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    TheDock22, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 9:01am

    Heck...

    If Turkey was anything like China they would just jail whoever uploaded the video...and pretty soon anyone who watched the video at all.

     

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    Lucretious, Jan 21st, 2008 @ 3:32pm

    You mean....no more Turkish Rambo??

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pLqTOdiFh0

    no, that isn't a parody

     

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    Orhun, Jan 23rd, 2008 @ 10:19pm

    Mind Behind

    The mind behind the banning is
    "Hey youtube, You have been insulting Turkish Republic By broadcasting those kind of videos. If you don't autocontrol your self, I cut the lines so you none of your site contents wilbe shown including ads." Moreover youtube knows to cut illegal content such as porn, violance etc. They should cut political, religonal humilating videos...
    You shouldn't forget that freedom has limits to another freedom.

     

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