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    UK ISP's trying to block file sharing sites

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    Despite getting a judicial review of the DEA UK ISP's are trying to block file sharing websites.

    Bit confused by this TBH, they obviously don't want the DEA to come into force, yet are quite happy to block sites which, presumably, the DEA would cover anyway.

    Having said that I don't particulary like this type of censorship, I mean are they going to block rapidshare, youtube and the links as they have copyrighted material on, along with totally legitimate material

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    Original Poster Banned

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    surely the sites will get around this? They seriously cant block newsbin2!

    I'll just shift to something that isn't blocked or if that's unworkable to an ISP that doesn't block these sites.

    You wouldn't expect the Royal Mail to block your post or BT to block your phones so why should ISP be required or volunteer to block websites?

    Banned

    Forget the great firewall of China.

    what was that youtube thing that happened a while ago about UK not being able to watch certain videos? I remember at the time there were a couple of problems but I cant recall any issues since then.

    "However, ISPs are reluctent and are pushing for a high court judge to approve any site blocking." from your link, I think you read it wrong. It's the media corps not the ISP's that want the blocking.

    Original Poster Banned

    well it talks about a voluntary code and that the ISP's are in talks, I take from that they are happy to do it, ut would like a court order to protect themselves from claims

    They don't want it at all (or at least, they want to appear like they don't want it), but there's a lot of pressure being applied by big media and they have very deep pockets and lawyers with big sharp pointy teeth.


    numptyj

    what was that youtube thing that happened a while ago about UK not being … what was that youtube thing that happened a while ago about UK not being able to watch certain videos? I remember at the time there were a couple of problems but I cant recall any issues since then.



    Yea, I remember that, weren't music videos blocked in Europe or something?

    what the hell is it with all these bring back vibeone avatars, maybe they should block them.

    boabbyrab

    what the hell is it with all these bring back vibeone avatars, maybe they … what the hell is it with all these bring back vibeone avatars, maybe they should block them.



    Or ones of graphic, sexual nature, poorly disguised as fruit.

    mr.potato_headnumptyj1 person likes this numptyjboabbyrabwhat the hell is … mr.potato_headnumptyj1 person likes this numptyjboabbyrabwhat the hell is it with all these bring back vibeone avatars, maybe they should block them.Or ones of graphic, sexual nature, poorly disguised as fruit


    what, the banana is just happy that the strawberry has a nice pear.;)

    The media corporations are just so out of touch and behind the times as usual. Do they seriously think blocking file sharing websites is going to help? You only visit a torrent/nzb site very briefly, to search for a torrent/nzb file which you then download and then the rest is done independently from the file sharing site.

    So if they block pirate bay (for example), all you'd need to do is access it via a proxy/VPN to bypass the block, search for your torrent, download the .torrent file and you're away! Once you've got the torrent file, you're golden as you're connecting to peers rather than directly communicating with the pirate bay. Same applies for usenet - but that's even easier as your download client connects to a completely different server to the one you get your nzb from. At least with torrents, they could potentially block the tracker as well as the front-end website. With usenet, they can't block access to every usenet provider out there - only the NZB search sites.

    And they won't be able to block rapidshare/megaupload/etc either... people will always find a way. Maybe it's time the media companies dropped their prices? I'd pay a few pounds to download an album if it came with a variety of quality options (e.g. you can download in FLAC, if you wish). £7.99 (or whatever it is atm) for a crap quality album isn't acceptable.
    Edited by: "oldmanhouse" 23rd Mar 2011
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