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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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    Enrico Suarve, 9 Jan 2007 @ 5:00am

    Publicity Stunt

    Possibly the best publicity stunt this tart has ever made - be honest - who had heard of Daniele whateverhernameis before this?

    The video looks suspiciously well filmed from the camera angles in it and the bit at the end - well in all honesty it’s that grainy it could be anyone

    The bit before that is actually mainly tasteful with no nudity to the point that it’s tamer than most perfume ads

    Bear in mind this is a woman who models bikinis for a living and you have to wonder why she is so 'outraged' (bearing in mind that if the editing is to believed they were screwing in the water of a public beach in plain site of other beach goers)

    My guess - she felt her career was flagging and she needed to do something about it. She got a filmmaker to record a vaguely erotic film which wouldn't even get an age 15 rating in the UK, then bribed a judge to get it banned possibly promising him a share of the profits of her next clothing/perfume/celebrity product line

    OK as conspiracy theories go it's not huge but it will be interesting to watch her career over the next few months...

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