UK Pirate Party Pressured Into Taking Down Proxy… Leading To Other Proxies Opening Up
from the if-you-need-to-whac-a-mole dept
It’s really quite ridiculous how much time, money and effort the various arms of the entertainment industry have spent trying to get certain countries to “block” The Pirate Bay. Every single time it happens, it seems to drive up traffic to the site. Those who want to use it don’t suddenly decide “gee, now I’m going to start buying what I formerly pirated.” They just think “where’s a proxy to get to the site” and they find one easily enough because they’re everywhere. The industry then goes on a wild goose chase seeking to take them all down which is impossible. So they get a few morale-boosting wins… and everyone still gets to go to The Pirate Bay. Couldn’t that time be spent more effectively?
The latest is that, over in the UK, where BPI (the UK equivalent of the RIAA) was threatening to sue the leaders of the UK Pirate Party personally for setting up a proxy, the Party eventually shut it down knowing that the costs of fighting such a legal battle would be extreme and damaging.
But, of course, it’s unlikely that actually stopped anyone from reaching TPB, which is available through a variety of other means. In fact, soon after the UK Pirate Party took down its proxy, the Pirate Parties in some other countries put up their own proxies (and, of course, there are tons of general proxies out there). BPI can try to go after these political parties in other countries, or it can demand that ISPs block those proxies also, but more and more will just keep popping up. And none of that will convince a single person to buy something they weren’t planning to buy in the first place. It just makes you wonder what they think they’re accomplishing.