BT Blocking Pirate Bay; Claims It's Part Of A Voluntary Self-Regulation Code

from the say-what-now? dept

Slashdot points us to the news that BT is blocking its mobile broadband subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay, claiming that it's a self-regulation effort in order to remain in "compliance with a new UK voluntary code." It appears to have something to do with the already controversial self-censorship program being managed by the Internet Watch Foundation, which has already blocked access to parts of Wikipedia and the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. At what point do people realize that any such demand to "block" certain types of content will overblock and harm perfectly legitimate sites and technologies?


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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 2:05pm

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 2:30pm

    More importantly, at what point will they realize attempts to block content is largely futile?

     

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      inc, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 2:56pm

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      ahh yes.. an encrypted proxy or vpn should help get around this.

       

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      The infamous Joe, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 2:57pm

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      It will do a good job stopping people who wouldn't have gone anyway.

       

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        Zaven (profile), Apr 21st, 2009 @ 4:12pm

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        And like Mike likes to point out, bring the issue to people's attention who otherwise would not have known about piratebay at all.

        And to answer this question "At what point do people realize that any such demand to "block" certain types of content will overblock and harm perfectly legitimate sites and technologies?"
        - We all know that's a trick question. The day people in charge realize they need to give themselves less control is the day the sky falls and hell freezes over.

         

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    Cheese McBeese, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 3:38pm

    That's ok, I sure a lot of customers will respond by blocking the flow of their money to BT.

     

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    haroldr, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 4:57pm

    WTF? Are we in China?

     

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    rage, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 5:23pm

    Wouldn't these companies be better off blocking child porn rather than worry about who is using bandwidth to do this and that.

     

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    TFP, Apr 21st, 2009 @ 5:25pm

    It's their phorm

    As in, it's ok for BT to break any laws like using Phorm to spy on its users without their consent but we're going to 'protect' our users from themselves.

    Having said that, TPB is still accessible thru my BT broadband.

     

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    Azrael, Apr 22nd, 2009 @ 12:14am

    Actually i think that this is clearly just a way to reduce/cap bandwidth just for the mobile users. They aren't dumb, you know.

     

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    Frosty840, Apr 22nd, 2009 @ 1:36am

    Not the IWF

    While the block page apparently directs you to the IWF site, according to The Register, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/04/21/iwf_pirate_bay/ the IWF themselves are claiming that it's nothing to do with them, and a BT spokesperson confirms that the IWF link only directs users to documentation on a code of practice they claim to be following.

    I smell a lot of deliberate misdirection by the ISPs on this story.

     

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    Discounts?, Apr 27th, 2009 @ 2:26am

    Bt blocking websites

    If you came to my restaurant and paid say 50£ for dinner, but I decided I won't serve you the potatoes, because they would make you ill and this would break the law, would you still pay 50£ ?? would you be happy and come back again??

     

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