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by Mike Masnick


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Cyberlocker Blocked In Italy Hires Lawyer To Challenge The Block

from the censor-first,-ask-questions-later dept

Apparently, over in Italy, the latest overreaction to copyright infringement online resulted in police having the domains of 27 sites blocked at the ISP level. We're always nervous about law enforcement actions that involve such a broad-based attack on an entire site, especially when the sites are not given the chance to be heard in an adversarial hearing first. It appears now that at least one site, Rapidgator, has hired a lawyer in Italy to challenge the decision. Of course, in the meantime, the site is still blocked, which can be deadly for a startup trying to grow a business. Is it really that much to ask for a basic process in which a site is given the chance to respond to allegations before it's shut down entirely?

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Apr 2013 @ 1:37am

    of course it is! according to the entertainment industries, that is! if a person, company or service is able to defend itself, it may be able to prove that it is the entertainment industries that are, in fact, the 'bad boys' and that the services they are trying to stop are not used specifically for illegal purposes. how would the entertainment industries actually be able to handle competition when those other services have and are use for, perfectly legal purposes?

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