Is blocking sites the right way to tackle illegal downloads?

Which? Convo: A High Court Judge yesterday ruled that BT must now block access to the website Newzbin2 – a site that provides links to pirated films. But is this the right way to tackle illegal downloading?

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KingPin4075d ago

answer: Not at all. there are always work-arounds. proxy sites for example. the internet is too huge for any government/companies to control.

Crazay4075d ago

You absolutely right but I think this ruling sets a very dangerous precedent in the UK and potentially here in North America. When I read about things like this, it makes my blood boil and not because I want to download movies, apps or games etc, but, why stop there? What's next? Porn? Sites that someone government official deem as offensive? hell, there's dry states in the US - Why not block anything that isn;t church related?

theonlylolking4075d ago

If the government/companies start trying to control the interent to much then we will have more organisations like Lulzsec and also more protests, riots, etc...

Crazay4075d ago

more like lulzsec? Maybe but i dunno how effective they'll be. I kinda doubt that protests and riots would become a byproduct of that.

iNFAMOUZ14075d ago

exactly. The people cannot be stopped.

AuToFiRE4075d ago

no, because you dont need an internet browser to access things

hazelamy4075d ago

if they're going to block site that post copyrighted material illegally, then half the internet would have to be blocked.

but the main problem i have with this is that i guarantee you it will be abused.
it will be used to block sites that post information about the wrongdoing of companies, people and even governements.

there have already been attempts to shut down sites with bogus copyright claims because they revealed information politicians didn't want revealed, and this wasn't national security stuff, it was about their abuses of power.

and even if it isn't abused this way, which it will be.
the music and movie industry has a history of being extremely slapdash in the way they investigate any possible copyright breaches.
in other words, they never check they just have their bots out searching the net for anything that could be their copyrighted work and then they send out cease and desist emails, without checking.

just look on youtube, people have had their accounts shut down because they had video where they sang a song at some school play or something, or where they have the same name of some singer, i've even read about people who've recorded scens outside with birds singing and rain falling and got bullshit copyright claims against them.

they use the specter of piracy to justify these ridiculous laws that violate a person's rights and give little punishment for those who abuse the system, whether knowingly or just through ignorance the way the music and movie publishers do.
this is exactly the same as the way governments have used the threat of terrorism to take away rights that people fought and died for.

politics is going to end up controlled by lobbyists for these big companies if something isn't done.

hell, lobbyists for the tobacco industry made it so you can still take a lighter onto a plane even though nobody has ever tried to hijack or blow up a plane with a pair of nail clippers but somebody damn sure tried to blow up a plane with a lighter.

i think robin williams said it best.

politicians should be like racing drivers, they should wear logos of all the companies paying them clearly visible.

EazyC4075d ago

No, because

A) It's counter-productive, in every sense of the word.
B) Proxies will make ISP's efforts futile.