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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    Ninja (profile), 14 May 2012 @ 7:39am

    Re: Same judge as in FTD case

    I remember that case and it was absurd then. If I had seen the name of the judge (and the connection to FTD) before I wouldn't be surprised. Thanks for the tip.

    It would be very interesting if the Pirate Party used this information and added very specific goals to take money out of the judicial system to their goals. I have this feeling this would boost their popularity a lot. Obviously they'd need to tell ppl how they were gonna do that but I think there are ways to attack the problem. It's interesting, here in Brazil if you work for the Govt you can't run any businesses related to your area (meaning none at all in fiscal areas) in the sphere you work for (ie, if you work at the state level you can have a business in the neighboring state). Maybe they could follow something in that line.

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