BPI Using Newzbin2 Ruling To Seek Much Broader Censorship Of Sites It Doesn't Like In The UK

from the did-anyone-not-see-that-coming? dept

md1500 points us to news that will surprise absolutely no one. Apparently BPI (the UK version of the RIAA) is using the Newzbin2 ruling to seek broad censorship over a variety of websites it doesn't like:
The first likely step, which could be just days away, will be to ask ISPs to block some of the biggest illegal websites. It is not known yet which sites – and, therefore, which ISPs will be targeted. If ISPs do not block these sites voluntarily, the BPI will ratchet up the pressure and will seek court orders – citing 97A and the MPA case – requiring them to do so.
And this is what censorship begets: more censorship. It's especially troubling when it comes from the entertainment industry -- an industry who has a history of declaring all sorts of useful tools and services -- the player piano, the radio, cable tv, the photocopier, the vcr, the dvr, the mp3 player, online video, etc. -- as infringing, because of their own unwillingness to adapt.
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Filed Under: blocking, censorship, isps, uk
Companies: bpi, bt, newzbin


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  1. identicon
    out_of_the_blue, 3 Aug 2011 @ 7:24am

    The other side of: computers DO change everything.

    Much is made of how "ecommerce" is different, it's easy to duplicate digital data, and so on. -- Well, turns out that it's practical to use computer monitoring for copyright infringement or file-sharing. Look for more of same. Corporations are slow to figure out these new tools -- or rather, takes time to put legalisms in place -- so you people have been drawing the wrong conclusions. But now it's all getting wrapped up tight. -- And completely "legal"! That's always important to fascists; legalisms are a favored tool to disarm the opposition.

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