Danish ISP Doesn't Understand Why It's Supposed To Block Pirate Bay

from the fighting-it dept

Earlier this week, we noted that a Danish court had told ISP Tele2 that it needed to start blocking access to the Pirate Bay. Last year, a court had also ordered Tele2 to block access to AllofMp3.com. Tele2 complied with that first order, though apparently it was quite easy to get around the block (no surprise there). However, apparently sensing the outrage being felt concerning these blocks, Tele2 is considering fighting back against the order (with support from other ISPs). The company claims that it needs "clarification" on the ruling, though doesn't seem to provide much more detail than that at this point.
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Filed Under: blocking, danish court, denmark, pirate bay
Companies: pirate bay, tele2

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    Rekrul, 7 Feb 2008 @ 8:43am

    If you think that ISPs censoring the net to try and prevent copyright infringement is a good idea, do you also support the post office opening all your mail to make sure that you're not sending or receiving anything illegal?

    As for slippery slopes, you can see examples of this in action all over the place.

    TV - In the 1970s, an hour of TV contained about 50 minutes of program and about 10 minutes of commercials. There were no logos, or banner ads and each program had full credits and ending music. Today, an hour of TV contains at most 40 minutes of programming and 20 minutes of commercials. Station logos are visible in the corner of the screen all the time (except during commercials), there are animated banners that pop up across the bottom of the image to advertise other things, shows no longer have ending music and the credits are squashed so small you usually can't read them. Did this happen all at once? Nope, it started with little things here and there and just picked up speed. Is it likely to stop where it is now? Not a chance!

    DRM - Prior to the 1980s, there was really no DRM on music or movies (records, tapes, film). Then came video cassettes and Macrovision. Then encrypted DVDs with region codes. Now you have HD equipment that enforces DRM every step of the way, driving up the cost of compliant equipment, preventing you from using older equipment and generally preventing honest consumers from using legally bought content while doing nothing to prevent organized piracy. Will it end here? Hardly, they're already working on the next level of DRM...

    Technology - In the past, electronics manufacturers created great new devices meant to benefit the consumer. The content industry has opposed virtually every new device capable of making audio or video copies. Since they didn't have any luck getting things like the VCR banned, they campaigned for laws like the DMCA, which make it illegal to bypass any form of copy protection. Then they locked down all the content, making some legal uses impossible without violating the law. Today, the electronics companies have to get permission from the content industry before creating anything new. Of course the content industry sees that any new devices are suitably locked down and crippled. "Broadcast Flags" will eventually do in practice what Hollywood failed to do by law; Ban the VCR. Will that be the end of it?

    Copyright infringement - In the past, copyright infringement was seen as a company's problem. Now, according to them, it's the most important issue facing the world today. Think I'm joking? NBC's Rick Cotton actually said that the DOJ spends too much time investigating things like bank robbery and indentity fraud when it should be going after copyright infringement. Filming a movie in a theater was already illegal, but the MPAA pushed for tougher laws. The result? Regal Cinemas pressured the authorities to make an example out of Jhannet Sejas for recording *20* seconds of the movie Transformers on her camera phone to show her little brother! Right now there are laws before Congress that would make copyright infringement a criminal offense, meaning that the government would use YOUR tax money to file charges against non-violent file sharers. Let's not forget the provision where cases of copyright infringement would qualify for asset seizure and forfeiture, which has never required a conviction before the authorities can take your computer, or even your home. Nope, nothing slippery there...

    Without clear limits on things, the people in control will go as far as they are able to.

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