ISPs to pay costs???
Ummmm it's their fault, how? Or should they kowtow immediately to every webby whim of the MAFIAA 'in case' ?
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 …
"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.
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.
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.
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 :).