Column: here come the internet police

BT has been ordered to block newzbin2, a Usenet archive site largely devoted to sharing movie rips and other infringing content. I don’t think this can end well.

The BT ruling is worrying because it turns ISPs into censors, and of course copyright infringement isn’t the only kind of content people would like to block.

We’ve had calls to ban sites that espouse extreme political views, sites that promote anorexia, sites that discuss ways to commit suicide. If BT can block Usenet archives, why can’t it block everything that anybody thinks is unpleasant or undesirable – like WikiLeaks, or anti-Scientology sites, or anything that isn’t appropriate for under-fives?

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2 thoughts on “Column: here come the internet police

  1. Gary says:

    Heh, indeed.

    One of the problems with this kind of thing is that the costs of defending against a bad request can be stratospheric. I suspect that’s why ISPs are cautiously welcoming the idea of a kind of censorship council, which would be the body responsible for accepting or refusing such requests.

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