The Pirate Bay's Perfectly Legal 'The Promo Bay' Blocked By UK ISPs

from the blunt-instrument dept

Last week Techdirt wrote about the perverse attitude of the UK recording industry, which seems obsessed with "stamping out piracy" rather than making more money. Here's a story from TorrentFreak that looks to be another example of attacking first and thinking afterwards:

Several UK Internet providers are blocking Pirate Bay's perfectly legal promotion platform for independent artists. The Promo Bay website is currently being blocked by BT, Virgin Media, BE and possibly several other providers. A plausible explanation is that the Promo Bay domain is listed on the same blocklist that's used to enforce the Pirate Bay blockade. However. the domain itself has never linked to infringing material, nor is it hosted on The Pirate Bay's servers.
As that explains, The Promo Bay, which we wrote about back in January, is not offering any unauthorized copies of music, and is hosted independently from The Pirate Bay. So either it's been blocked because its association with The Pirate Bay is enough to goad the UK recording industry into unthinking action, or else it's happened by mistake.

Either way, the fact that a perfectly legal service offering perfectly legal material has been rendered inaccessible without warning and for no discernible reason is a reminder that site blocking is a really poor way to tackle unauthorized downloads, with the likelihood of collateral damage. Far better to offer good legal alternatives - like The Promo Bay.

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  1. icon
    Crosbie Fitch (profile), 5 Dec 2012 @ 1:03am

    Re: How is this handled for everyone else?

    Exchanging sex for money in a safe place between consenting adults? The oldest profession is hardly a crime.

    Exchanging drugs for money? Not a priori criminal either.

    Gambling for money? Again, not a priori criminal.

    Sharing & building upon mankind's culture without respect to an 18th century privilege? Such cultural liberty is everyone's birthright - essential to us, to mankind.

    The privilege that abridges our liberty is the crime.

    Prostitution, drugs, and gambling are sometimes proscribed because people have a problem with them.

    'Ignoring our monopolies' is being made into a crime because corporations and their anachronistic laws have a problem with people.

    People have a problem with corporations and their unethical privileges.

    When it comes to people and sociopathic legal artifices, the former abolishes the latter - eventually.

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