Court Goes Censorship Crazy Against Dutch Pirate Party

from the whac-whac-whac-a-mole dept

We've been covering the attempts by Dutch anti-piracy operator BREIN to play a legal game of whac-a-mole to block The Pirate Bay by forcing ISPs to block access, then blocking proxies that provide access, and now blocking anyone from even talking about ways to get to The Pirate Bay. Bizarrely, a court in The Hague has agreed, and has come out in favor of blocking the Dutch Pirate Party from even discussing some of this stuff:
The Court specifically ruled that the Party’s reverse proxy has to remain offline. It was further ordered that Pirate Bay domains and IP-addresses have to be filtered from the Pirate Party’s generic proxy. In addition the Pirate Party can’t link to other websites that allow the public to bypass the blockade. These orders are only valid when paired with an encouragement to circumvent.
Basically, telling people how to get around a block, even if it's linking to a general proxy (not a specific one) is now barred in the Netherlands. The fact that the court now is telling proxies how they can work is a huge overreach. That seems like a pretty blatant restriction on free speech. The thing is, do the folks at BREIN actually think this charade is effective? All it seems to be doing is enraging tons of people in the Netherlands, and doing absolutely nothing to stop them from going to The Pirate Bay.
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Filed Under: brein, censorship, netherlands, proxy, the hague, whac-a-mole
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    Drew (profile), 11 May 2012 @ 11:26pm

    They could just embed a text document in a image. Make it the leader of BREIN and load it up with a list of proxies,torrent sites,usenet, or anything else that would help :P

    It would be great to have the BREIN leader knowing that every image of him on the net possibly has a rar inside it packed with YOU GOT F'D IN THE A stop! HAMMER TIME

    I've been testing sites just out of curiosity to see how much data I can store inside one with no errors. Any site with image compression will not work but there are plenty out there. The best I've found so far is 35 megs but I'm sure I will find a better one soon. Big enough to pack TPBs whole site into.

    Then you could be like WOW THAT BREIN DUDE IS COOL AS HELL he's hiding treasure in his images!!!

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