Europe

Jul 28, 2014

The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

The government's key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The piracy site takedown regime the government proposes to impose on internet service providers has failed to halt the growth of file sharing overseas and led to numerous legitimate sites, including those of the biggest media companies, being blocked.

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7 thoughts on “The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

  1. Emile Tsalto

    I do not understand why “rights holders” are permitted to have taken down legitimate business sites, often with substantial revenue losses, without any requirement to pay damages.

  2. SusieQ

    How much did all these ‘rights holders’ donate to the Liberal Party election funds? I thought that when the ‘market’ rules, you give the customer what they want?

  3. Sean Coady

    Does ANY member of our government have the slightest clue about technology? At all?

    Their disgraceful version of the NBN and now this garbage? How can they possibly claim to be superior economic managers when just about everything they’re responsible for costs more, doesn’t work as well (to say the least) and won’t actually do what they claim? Can they possibly be that stupid?

    I contend that the degree of idiocy on display is not possible to be anything other than an act. They’re doing it on purpose and we just can’t see the end game.

  4. The Old Bill

    If it comes in, you just have to use a browser like Opera, or a tweaked version of Firefox downloaded from the Pirate Bay amongst several other options 🙂
    This worked like a charm in the UK a short while ago. Even eighty five year old grannies are now very internet savvy over there. (It was an eighty five year old granny who updated my Firefox.)

    Trouble is, speeds go down, so we need the NBN.
    (I’ll stop downloading when I can legally subscribe to Netflix for the same price I can in New York.)

  5. Jimmyhaz

    I don’t use a VPN at the moment, but it would take less than a minute for me to set it back up again.

    Unless you physically monitor the sites that each individual person is visiting, there is no way to stop file-sharing. It is an utterly colossal waste of time to attempt it.

  6. Chris Hartwell

    It’s a colossal waste of time and money, even moreso given it has been discredited – numerous times – overseas.

  7. Aton

    Just because it’s been discredited doesn’t mean the current lot of clowns won’t implement it in full. They’ve got a research paper created in the 1950’s showing that it’s possible and highly effective.

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