md1500 points us to news that will surprise absolutely no one. Apparently BPI (the UK version of the RIAA) is using the Newzbin2 ruling to seek broad censorship over a variety of websites it doesn’t like:
The first likely step, which could be just days away, will be to ask ISPs to block some of the biggest illegal websites. It is not known yet which sites – and, therefore, which ISPs will be targeted. If ISPs do not block these sites voluntarily, the BPI will ratchet up the pressure and will seek court orders – citing 97A and the MPA case – requiring them to do so.
And this is what censorship begets: more censorship. It’s especially troubling when it comes from the entertainment industry — an industry who has a history of declaring all sorts of useful tools and services — the player piano, the radio, cable tv, the photocopier, the vcr, the dvr, the mp3 player, online video, etc. — as infringing, because of their own unwillingness to adapt.
Sourced from TechDirt
- Newzbin: Internet filtering and file-sharing (technollama.co.uk)
- Hollywood vs BT: Web blocking ‘arms race’ predicted (telegraph.co.uk)
- Blocking Newzbin2 paves the way for internet censorship | Loz Kaye (guardian.co.uk)
- U.K. High Court orders ISP to block pirate site (digitaltrends.com)