Brazilian ISPs Told To Block YouTube Until Google Shuts It Down

from the proxy-servers,-anyone? dept

Following the Brazilian court order last week demanding Google shut down YouTube because of a racy video involving a well-known model having sex on the beach, a Brazilian ISP has stepped up to block all access to YouTube. The judge's order did note that ISPs should block the site until Google either takes it down or can guarantee that the video in question will no longer be available -- but so far it appears that only this one ISP has complied. This whole thing seems particularly pointless. All of the legal wrangling over the video has only made it much more popular around the world -- and there are plenty of other sites showing it, and for every site that the Brazilian government decides to shut down or that a Brazilian ISP tries to block, plenty of others will show up. Trying to ban it completely only gives it that much more attention and guarantees that many more people will see it. In the meantime, all the customers of this particular ISP (Brasil Telecom) will get pissed off that their ISP is blocking all of the perfectly legitimate videos on YouTube on the chance that someone might upload yet another copy of the sex video (which YouTube has quickly been removing every time it's been added). This ruling doesn't protect anyone, guarantees more people will see the video and annoys plenty of legitimate users. It's hard to see how that makes any sense for anyone.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Jan 2007 @ 3:32am

    You can find links to the video on YouTube still, just not the real video, and you could probably find it just by googling some key words. You can hardly tell they are doing anything anyway because it's happening out in the ocean, both of their lower halfs are covered by water, and the only indication you have is her wrapped around him moving up and down and a flash of the guys member after their done. It's not like any of the American sex tapes that have been publicised to death.

    If these guys want to have sex in public (and by public I mean outside their homes in a place where it is socially acceptable for other people to be [ie not a bathroom stall]) then they run the risk of getting caught or having the acted recorded. Anytime anyone does something in public it is open to this type of thing.

    Comparing this to invasions of privicy (shower photos, bathroom stall photos, etc) doesn't make sense because these people were out in the open, no walls around them, and it's not like they are going to go off and kill themselves (they are going to suck it up and get on with their lives). You have to protect your private information by not making it public, plain and simple.

    Brazil is just throwing a hissy fit over this and just needs to grow up.

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