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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    Jay (profile), 3 Aug 2011 @ 6:24am


    It gets worse. Torrentfreak has recently done two pieces on the UK government's decision that things such as the UK Digital Economy act were foregone conclusions:


    Universal is behind it

    What the incredible irony here is, the UK government is supposed to stop blocking websites that fileshare.

    So the effect that I see is the UK really needs to put everyone, legislators, judges, and executors of the law, on the same page. Right now, it's a clusterbomb of different patches just to try to censor. The better ideas aren't being shared in order to understand the UK government. The problem seems to be that the government listens to only one side of the debate and ignores any and all other sides. Period.

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