Turkey Overreacts Yet Again: Bans All Of Blogspot Because Of Copyright Infringement On A Few Blogs

from the is-there-no-one-who-understands-the-internet? dept

We’ve discussed at length Turkey’s absolutely ridiculous on again/off again bans on YouTube and other Google sites due to a single example of content that the government doesn’t like. Now it appears to be doing it again. The government has now banned all of Google’s blog hosting operation, Blogspot, because there are a few blogs out there that are embedding or linking to streaming versions of satellite TV provider Digiturk’s TV shows. This is not the first time that the government has banned Blogspot over the identical issue. Seriously, go back and read that post from over two years ago, where it yet again involves Digiturk complaining about Blogspot because some users posted links to unauthorized streams of Turkish football matches. It didn’t work last time, why does anyone think it makes sense this time around?

Filed Under: , , ,

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Turkey Overreacts Yet Again: Bans All Of Blogspot Because Of Copyright Infringement On A Few Blogs”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
26 Comments
Kurata says:

Man, so many problems with Internet.
We should definitely just outright turn it off, I mean come on, it’s obvious that Internet brought more harms than benefit!
In the harm side, you have more copyright infringement, more and more people protesting using Internet, information spreading faster, and uncontrollably; and man, the number of scams and lawsuits! oh the lawsuits!

freak (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Careful Mike...

I suppose you must have. Because by that idea, the people in the US seem to be completely behind the gov’t lying to them about, y’know, torturing and meaningless wars, and claiming civilian deaths as enemy deaths to make it look good.

And, y’know, funding a private corporation to sell young boys into sex slavery.

grumpy (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Careful Mike...

They like it enough to not do anything about it. That looks a bit incriminating to me. So what exactly is the voter population doing if they aren’t stopping illegal activities? Where does the personal responsibility begin? AFAIK there was a bunch of trials in the forties about this whole thing and the result wasn’t nice for many of the participants…

Besides, it’s not as if the Turkish government is trying to be discreet about this.

Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile) says:

I'm sure cars will be next....

They’re always being linked with criminal activity. In fact, you can’t have carjacking or auto theft if you don’t have cars. Take ’em away.

You’ll think twice about robbing a convenience store or surprising your new neighbors with a home invasion when your getaway vehicle is public transportation. And if you really want to rob a cabbie, you’re going to have to make the effort to walk to their house, rather than just conveniently relieve them of their wallet while riding comfortably in the back seat.

Not only that, but stealing a car is EXACTLY like hosting infringing content, or just a bunch a bunch of links to infringing content, or hosting a site that carries a bunch of links to infringing content.

Pixelation says:

“It didn’t work last time, why does anyone think it makes sense this time around?”

It’s a governmental overreaction. If you don’t like a blog, remove them all. If you need to kill an ant, get a tank. If you need to oust a dictator, blow up his city with billions in smart weapons, invade the country and spend trillions occupying it. If people don’t like you for it, too bad.

Anonymous Coward says:

Blogspot is a cesspool of infringement.

Sounds like Turkey views illegal activity more seriously than the US.

And they have for years. They have real drug laws there and they don’t mess around with nuance when it comes to them.

Turkey realizes that there’s no point in having a law if you’re not going to bother enforcing it. Good for them.

Greg G (profile) says:

Re: Re:

Linking to a site isn’t infringement.

It’s simply pointing to something, like if I were standing at the flea market pointing at the fake Gucci or Louis Vuitton purses. I’m doing absolutely nothing wrong, yet Turkey would kick me out of the flea market for talking about the aforementioned purses, leaving the vendor there. (possibly kicking them out later, but maybe not since they pay for the booth.. ie, Turkey receives payola.)

Repeat, and please try and let this seep into your brain: Talking about something and pointing to something (linking) is NOT infringement.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

like if I were standing at the flea market pointing at the fake Gucci or Louis Vuitton purses. I’m doing absolutely nothing wrong, yet Turkey would kick me out of the flea market for talking about the aforementioned purses, leaving the vendor there.

Horrible analogy, and horribly wrong. It’s more like you are holding a bullhorn that the fake gucci bag booth is using to promote their products. You have to remember that every link to a site like that lends it credibility. Every paid ad accepted gives them credibility.

You are analogy challenged.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

I believe you are analogy challenged. His analogy is rather spot on. Like it or not, pointing something out is all a link really does. If that link were a flashing banner ad, then it would be akin to shouting about it through a bullhorn.

Your analogy is more like going after the state because they allow billboards along the highway the drug runners use.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...
Loading...