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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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Aug 2008 @ 8:06am

    Maybe the governments *are* aware of the promotional effect, and are doing it to promote them whilst seemingly staying in the boundries of the law.

    Using the system AGAINST the system. REVOLUTION!

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