Now, some Rights Holders have asked a court to order BT to use the Cleanfeed system to "block" access to the Newzbin2 website.
This development is both stupid and dangerous:
- Bona fide activities may be slowed down and sometimes break altogether (e.g
IWF / Wikipedia incident)
- What will be blocked next? Sites involving
religious hatred? Sites "of use" to terrorists (ie. almost anything)? Stuff embarassing
for the govt of the day? Next round of MPs' expenses??
- Meanwhile, the
pirates will simply continue as before, as such "blocks" are trivial to work around.
- However, some methods of bypass open up other risks (including viruses,
malware), so encouraging people to do such things is really not the cleverest plan. The
result will sadly be more lawlessness on the Internet, not less. Much bad activity
which is currently traceable will cease to become so. Not to mention likelihood of more
people being unwittingly exposed to kiddie porn.