BT ordered to block pirate links
I know this may be another strongly argued for/against topic but to me it's absolute rubbish.
BT will be blocking access to the newzbin website in an attempt to stop pirate movies.
How I see it, piracy DOESN'T fund criminal gangs. The movie is recorded and uploaded to the internet for 90% of the world to download. It isn't tagged with "For gangs only". Any man and his dog can get access to usenet and download a film. Just because a criminal gang download it, burn it to DVD and try selling it does not make the actual piracy a cause. If said gang were to steal some DVDs from a shop and sell them on the market, that is exactly the same thing, they still have the movie for sale and will still be profiting from the sale.
Also, as newzbin does not host any of the files, it is in essence a search engine. If I were to type into google "how to make a bomb" and one link gave me a PDF download, is Google at fault for giving me that link? In the same instance if I were to go on to newzbin and type "harry potter movie" and got a link to download it, surely that is the same thing (if piracy and intent to cause destruction are both illegal)
I think what annoys me more is the national filtering level, BT have decided that all of their customers need banning from this site, so what if another site pops up that while not strictly illegal it annoys some high court judge. let's ban it nationally.
It is in the same sense that o2 has now started filtering all of its mobile web access and ask for credit card details to prove i am over 18 before i can even view sites like gambling sites. their argument is that the phone could be used by under 18s so the filter is on. my argument is that i pay them £x every month and have provided my date of birth, they know my age, why should i have to authorise it with them. if i decide to give my phone to a 10 year old and they view pornography on it, on my head be it. why should o2 take the stance that the country needs nannying?
could i as easily argue that i will not pay them my monthly fee as i have worries that my money could be funding some terrorist group, so until i see evidence they are not funding terrorists i will not pay?
can't wait until most of the uk get sites blocked by "UK NetNanny" or something similar!
sorry, rant over and I know I kind of veered off a bit with the O2 example, but it all does irk me a bit, and as one comedian once said about the dvd "you wouldnt steal a purse" advert......dont tell me what i wouldn't do!
hopefully this discussion won't deteriorate into a "i download illegal stuff and its awsome/i think piracy is like rape" sort of argument, hopefully it can stay on track! :)