This development is both stupid and dangerous:
Bona fide activities may be slowed down and sometimes break altogether (e.g IWF / Wikipedia incident)
Surely adding one more site to the list that is already blocked by Cleanfeed won't make any difference?
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??
Ah, the old 'slippery slope' argument. Does anyone really believe that this is the first step towards widespread censorship of legitimate investigative journalism?
Meanwhile, the pirates will simply continue as before, as such "blocks" are trivial to work around.
Well, maybe. Or maybe at least a few people will be deterred. Either way, should copyright owners simply do nothing to protect their property?
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.
So people who continue to attempt to break the law are now open to greater risk of virus infection? My heart bleeds!
Not to mention likelihood of more people being unwittingly exposed to kiddie porn.
Er... that seems like a slightly tenuous extrapolation based on the banning of one web site!