Danish ISP Blocks The Pirate Bay; But Is It For Legal Reasons... Or Competitive?

from the legal-excuses dept

A year ago, recording industry lobbying group IFPI successfully convinced a Danish court to force ISP Tele2 to block The Pirate Bay. This came after a similar ruling that forced Tele2 to block access to AllofMp3 (which, you'll recall was the big "threat" prior to The Pirate Bay). Of course, these blocks don't work particularly well, and seem incredibly annoying for those content creators who actually want their content distributed through systems like The Pirate Bay.

Tele2 appealed the ruling, and another court found that, indeed, ISPs should be forced to block access to The Pirate Bay. While that case is being appealed to the country's Supreme Court, it appears that other ISPs are being pressured to start blocking as well. Denmark's largest ISP, TDC, is now blocking access to The Pirate Bay.

Torrentfreak suggests that TDC is worried about a similar lawsuit, and did this as a preventative measure, but I have to wonder if some of the thinking is competitive. Last April, TDC announced a deal whereby its customers could download unlimited music... though it was really more of a subscription rental service that included DRM. So, basically, here's a way that TDC gets to block out a "competitor" to its own service, and then blame the legal rulings for being able to do so...
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Filed Under: blocking, competition, denmark
Companies: pirate bay, tdc, tele2

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    Tim, 21 Jan 2009 @ 9:49am

    I've become increasingly fed up with the negativity of this blog. Yes, I read the post about this exact sentiment a little while ago. And while I feel it is justified to report the shortcomings of the digital revolution, it's become increasingly frustrating to read every article title and already see the negative slant the writer has placed on the content.

    Pirating is illegal for a reason. Yes, you can give away you're creative goods through a sly free marketing campaign (see NIN and Radiohead). But in the end, the artist has an inherent right to sell their valuable created goods if they so choose. They join a record label to get exposure. Regardless if you believe the labels are ass backwards at the moment or not. Remember that any unsigned musician can distribute their creative goods through P2P means instead of joining a label. The fact of the matter is that they have chosen to sell it and make a decent living. They have a right to make a better living than the rest of us because they have an uncommon ability to create art.

    If it's for sale and you want to own a piece of it. Buy it. If you can't buy it, tough shit. That's how the market works. If everything was free in this world we would have no way of keeping a productive and intelligent society. We'd be no better off than the worse economies of the world where nobody gives a shit about any laws in place. Slippery slope, I know. But a comparison nonetheless.

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