back to article Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

An Austrian court has ordered local internet service provider (ISP) A1 Telekom to block access to The Pirate Bay. Following a case brought by copyright holders IFPI Austria (Federation of the Austrian Music Industry), the Commercial Court of Vienna on Friday issued a court order to the ISP to block access to four copyright …

  1. g e

    ISPs to pay costs???

    Ummmm it's their fault, how? Or should they kowtow immediately to every webby whim of the MAFIAA 'in case' ?

    1. TheVogon

      Re: ISPs to pay costs???

      Many of these sites are supposed to be blocked in the UK too.

      They work just fine though when you use the HTTPS address like or or - laughable whack-a-mole fail.

      1. Phuq Witt


        "...They work just fine though when you use the HTTPS address like or or"

        You don't even need to do that much. The old .se domain redirects automatically to one of the new ones anyway.

        1. TheVogon

          Re: Whack-A-Mole

          "You don't even need to do that much. The old .se domain redirects automatically to one of the new ones anyway."

          But several UK ISPs do block the HTTP address. For instance if you try on Virgin Media without an SSL connection you will get a blocked page....

          You will note that that even if a redirect does work, it will usually switch you to an HTTPS connection for this reason.

  2. Dave 15


    We all end up paying.... paying for a bunch of numpties to pretend the world is the same as it was 50 years ago. Perhaps if they were not as greedy in the first place?

  3. Grikath


    The new and improved dip for the entire IP ecosystem to dip their crackers in while ordering their new luxury car....

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The block doesn't work anyway

    My ISP blocked PB, and I could only reach it using vpn for a while, but I don't have to VPN or do anything special to access PB these days.

  5. Amorous Cowherder

    Hmmm, so straight onto Google and sniffing out the proxy servers. I admire their tenacity in trying to stop copyright theft but I think the war on copyright-infringers is much like the so-called war on drugs, a pointless exercise that wastes loads of money and will achieve nothing much in the long run.

    When you're standing at the school gate and you overhear typical mums and dads discussing the latest movie/album they've just ripped off a torrent site that afternoon, you know it's a lost fight.

    1. TheVogon

      "trying to stop copyright theft "

      There is no such thing as "copyright theft". Theft permanently deprives somebody of their property. Copyright infringement duplicates an original of something leaving the original unmodified.

      If not clear, see

  6. JaitcH

    Honestly, who thinks these blocks actually work ... apart from Cameron?

    Because the local movie circuits, controlled by Hollywood, don't show many Western movies without a third of the screen being taken up with foreign hieroglyphics and because I have some slack on our commercial speed fibre services, I download music, books and movies, etc.

    If Cameron could see my monitor he would observe that 71 addresses from the UK are thankfully contributing to our download requests ... and it's 09:15:10H in the UK.

    All because a bunch of greedy hawgs in Hollywood want every last penny.

    P.S. Many of the requests, by my subscribers for which I charge no money, titles are simply trash - who would pay for them? Personally, I like the endless source of e-books.

  7. emmalopez

    This is good news - the current course of action is blocking and thankfully not more draconian, but I expect that after they see how little effect this has on piracy they will put the pressure for more serious forms of censorship, but we all know how good the Internet is at routing around that :).

  8. chris1312

    I was surprised when I tried to go on to the piratebay today and just couldn't, fortunately I was able to google for the piratebay proxies and just go on one of those, didn't even take a minute, good job Austrian law system.

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