Italy Tries, Fails To Ban The Pirate Bay

from the how-many-examples-do-you-need? dept

A few years back, with the help of some pressure from US gov't officials, Sweden tried to shut down The Pirate Bay. It worked for about a day until the site was back up. And, of course, the resulting publicity from the failed raid only brought The Pirate Bay much more attention. Earlier this year, a court in Denmark tried to get major ISPs to block access to the Pirate Bay. And, once again, all that really did was generate much more interest in the site.

At some point, you might think that officials would recognize that every time they try to shut down or block The Pirate Bay, it just ends up getting the site that much more traffic. But it looks like we still have a long way to go until that day comes. A prosecutor in Italy has told ISPs that they need to start blocking access to The Pirate Bay. Of course, such bans are totally ineffective, as The Pirate Bay has already set up routes around the blocks. So, nice work Italy. You've now helped to promote The Pirate Bay by trying to "ban" access to it.

Filed Under: ban, isps, italy
Companies: pirate bay


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    Matt, 11 Aug 2008 @ 9:16am

    Welcome to the New Italy

    I've been to the Pirate Bay site six times since I started reading this article...this site is great! ;)

    When I was in Italy a couple years back, they were saying that Italy was trying making an effort to reduce graft in government and business. Traditionally they've had a lot of problems with mafia and business interests controlling or ignoring legislation, while politicians in some cases participated in the scandal.

    If anything, they're probably using the Pirate Bay case to draw attention to their legal efforts; which is good for the country as well as its global image.

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