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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    not dorpus, 9 Jan 2007 @ 7:41am

    hey....get a clue say how would i feel if i was taped in the bathroom, or having sex in my own home. well of coure i'd be mad. why? because that's my personal space. if i was taped at a club doing a funny dance, or prancing around on a beach half clothed and taped, i'd still be upset, but would have no legal action to do anything (unless there were strict no camera or a gauranted privacy area enacted). you want to compare apples to carburators with regards to how well they can walk. It just doesn't work. get a clue.

    next, sure, people can take pictures of me, then photoshop them, or upload them to the internet. and there'd be no way to track them? i don't think so. you can get the ip addy of the uploading hoast, and track that back to a user (it may be spoofed or whatever, but it becomes a bit more challenging, but still the fact remains) maybe the offender was really good, and the cops had more important issues to deal with. it's no different than unsolved rapes/murders/thefts/robberies. you just can't catch everyone. sure it's bad and hurts you, but what else can you do but move on?

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