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British Ban Spikes Pirate Bay Traffic

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the that-which-is-forbidden dept.

Censorship 168

New submitter sleiper writes "Today sees UK ISPs begin to block access for their subscribers to the Pirate Bay URL. Sky, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and O2 have already blocked access and the UK's biggest provider, BT, are currently reviewing their legal position. This access ban however has seen The Pirate Bay's traffic spike to 12 million more page views than their previous daily record. It seems obvious that a message is being sent, that this type of censorship is not the way forward. The Pirate Bay keeps on sailing.""

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168 comments

Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (5, Insightful)

Dark$ide (732508) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877639)

I suspect most of the traffic is folks testing whether their ISP is imposing the censorship and if it is doing that testing whether proxies and/or VPN and/or OpenDNS/GoogleDNS or other methods circumvents that censorship.

Re:Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (5, Interesting)

niftydude (1745144) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877769)

Either that, or a Streisand effect: A whole bunch of brits wondering what this pirate bay thingy in the papers is about, and going to take a look.

Re:Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (2)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878235)

I find it curious that U.K. Spikes Pirate Bay, and Microsoft raises prices. [slashdot.org] Coincidence? I think not.

Re:Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (0, Troll)

CriticalAnalysis (2631225) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878517)

I wouldn't really blame MS for it. They have always semi-acknowledged piracy for home users, and haven't pursued after those (like things should be). I would rather take a look at Google, who is supporting CISPA [thenextweb.com] :

Google has admitted that it is lobbying on the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

And who has a long history of censoring results from their search engine if they happen to contain unlicensed copyrighted content. They could fight it, like they did fight in China after demands to that government, but they decide not to. Not in Google, not in YouTube, nowhere. And then they support CISPA.

Re:Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (1)

tmosley (996283) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878591)

I think he means that with it ever so slightly harder to get pirated software, MS feels like it can increase their prices.

That is quite convenient, it seems to me.

Re:Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878603)

Why don't you quote it in full? "Google admits to lobbying on CISPA, but won’t say which way".

Also, hi there, TechWhoeverYouAre, I've noticed you when your first ever comment while staying on topic ("Microsoft raises prices"), also included a jab at Google ("But Google does that too and doesn't even tell you!").

I wonder, is being so obvious your job requirement? Who hired you to smear Microsoft, you fucking anti-MS troll? How much did Sergei and Larry pay you?

Re:Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (2)

robot256 (1635039) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878941)

If they were lobbying against it, don't you think they'd tell people about it? They're keeping their position "under wraps" so nobody gets outraged and forces them to change it.

Metaphor doesn't work! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877777)

The Pirate Bay keeps on sailing.

I get what you're going at and all, but this metaphor doesn't work. A bay can't sail. If you said something like "The pirate ship sails on!" we would still get the reference to the logo.

Re:Metaphor doesn't work! (5, Funny)

chilvence (1210312) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878449)

The pirate bay keeps on.... 'arbouring! 'Arrrr!

Re:Metaphor doesn't work! (3, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878473)

'arrrrrbouring?

Re:Metaphor doesn't work! (3, Funny)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878791)

The name of the boat the Jolly Roger flies is "The Bay". Bluebeard bought it after his horse won the Camptown races.

Re:Testing if the ISP is banning TPB (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878145)

... OpenDNS/GoogleDNS ...

Proxies, VPNs and tor etc, are the only way to fix this. Unfortunately it's not a DNS block.

hmm... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877641)

It's hard to believe that a country banned it before the stupid americans.

Re:hmm... (4, Funny)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877749)

The US government is still trying to understand why wikileaks is still up.

Re:hmm... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877787)

Go FUCK yourself, you anti-american scum! I'm so sick of people who don't like what our government is doing, taking it out on the American people. You're just a retarded, uneducated loser!

Re:hmm... (2, Funny)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877853)

Facebook is over this way --> Facebook [facebook.com] .

Re:hmm... (1, Insightful)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877859)

The US is very proud of being a democracy, the people are ultimately responsible for their leaders actions. I can understand your frustration, especially as the UK is in a similar position (realistically, whoever you vote in it's going to be one of the same group of ne'er-do-wells), but the American people have to take the rap for the actions of those they vote in.

Re:hmm... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877917)

I'm the one who exploded at the anti-american....
Yeah, you're right that it *is* the American people that vote a president into office. But...
(1) Not everyone voted for Obama, Bush, etc..
(2) For those who did vote for a president who makes/made terrible decisions, they couldn't have possibly known all the actions the future president was going to take just from his campaign. You get some idea but you can't know everything he's going to do when you vote for a president. He may not come through on his promises and he will certainly do a lot more than what he says while campaigning.

Re:hmm... (4, Insightful)

BootysnapChristAlive (2629837) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877973)

(2) For those who did vote for a president who makes/made terrible decisions, they couldn't have possibly known all the actions the future president was going to take just from his campaign.

It should be widely known by now that the two main parties are pure garbage. There is no excuse for continuing to vote for them.

Re:hmm... (0)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878401)

It should be widely known by now that the two main parties are pure garbage. There is no excuse for continuing to vote for them.

Sure there is. We're all convinced they are the only two parties capable of winning elections. And they're probably right, because we each think that everyone else thinks that too.

Re:hmm... (1)

Theophany (2519296) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878981)

They're only capable of doing so because of that kind of circular non-logic. That logic pervades down to the candidate level too, meaning that relatively poor quality candidates (see: Mitt Romney) secure nomination because they're perceived as the only candidate likely to win.

I don't necessarily agree that the two main parties are incapable of producing worthy presidential candidates and presidents, though. And let's face it, some tea-bagger (oops, tea-partyer) like Michelle Bachmann would have been a freaking disaster from start to finish.

Re:hmm... (4, Insightful)

Githaron (2462596) | more than 2 years ago | (#39879291)

If enough us "waste" our vote, there will be a third-party candidate.

Re:hmm... (4, Insightful)

InsaneMosquito (1067380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877963)

Really? What if my representatives are behaving exactly like I want them to behave? That gets me 3 out of 535 votes in the House and Senate. Why am I responsible for the other 532 representatives that I can't influence one way or the other with my single vote?

Re:hmm... (0)

Lisias (447563) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878381)

Why am I responsible for the other 532 representatives that I can't influence one way or the other with my single vote?

Because you live in a Democracy.

Re:hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39879223)

America is a representative republic...not a democracy.

Re:hmm... (2)

JesseMcDonald (536341) | more than 2 years ago | (#39879331)

Why am I responsible for the other 532 representatives that I can't influence one way or the other with my single vote?

Because you live in a Democracy.

Exactly. Your actual influence over the government is not significantly greater in a Democracy than in a Dictatorship, but if you happen to live in in a Democracy people will happily blame you for the actions of "your" government anyway, while those in a Dictatorship are merely victims.

A person can only rationally be held responsible for their own choices and actions, not those of others. That applies just as much in a Democracy as anywhere else. However, if you support Democracy then you are legitimizing whatever the majority decides, which makes you responsible for the outcome regardless of your personal vote (or lack thereof). If you don't support what the majority chooses to do, the only moral position is to reject the legitimizing influence of Democracy itself.

Re:hmm... (1)

suomynonAyletamitlU (1618513) | more than 2 years ago | (#39879161)

If your representatives were behaving exactly as you wanted them to, they'd be making your case before the House and/or Senate. If they were really good, they'd find a way to leverage the wit and knowledge of their constituents to make the argument more powerful.

Representing you is. their. job. It is what the job exists to do. Voting on any particular measure is only a small fraction of representing you, and therefore is only a small part of their responsibility.

Re:hmm... (4, Insightful)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878113)

The US is very proud of being a democracy, the people are ultimately responsible for their leaders actions

No we're not. It's the leaders who are responsible for their own actions. And they are willing participants in a conspiracy to keep on screwing us over by concealing their own actions and making us believe their way is the only way. This is not a democracy. I'm not sure what it is, but it isn't a democracy.

Re:hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878583)

But as a US citizen, I am not responsible for the actions of other US citizens.

The leaders I vote for never win. As far as I can tell, that is because the majority of the US voting public are clueless.

THEIR stupidity, not mine, put those leaders in power. THEY are responsible for the consequences, not me.

Re:hmm... (3)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878757)

In the US, you get to choose from two parties who are basically the same on all but a handful of issues. In the UK you have three parties, but otherwise the situation remains.

Re: Vote them out! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39879203)

Don't give Americans a bad rap when the person they voted-in makes poor decisions after the election:

Give them a bad rap when they fail to VOTE THEM OUT!

Re:hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877863)

Yeah, instead of talking shit they should do what you yanks do when you don't like what a government is doing - bomb the hell out of the place.

Re:hmm... (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877867)

Thanks for helping change the world's perception of us...

Re:hmm... (5, Insightful)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878077)

Go FUCK yourself, you anti-american scum! I'm so sick of people who don't like what our government is doing, taking it out on the American people. You're just a retarded, uneducated loser!

Maybe if we did something about our retarded, uneducated government, we wouldn't get flamed for it?

Re:hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878273)

If the US government is so horrible, why are people still trying to move there [guardian.co.uk] ?
Obviously, there are worse places, but the Chinese shills on this site don't want people to believe that.

Re:hmm... (2)

Sperbels (1008585) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878461)

People want to come here because we have a high standard of living and (for the most part) we don't persecute people based on religion, sex, ethnicity,etc. A high standard of living should NOT give the government the power to do whatever else they want though.

Re:hmm... (4, Funny)

Custard Horse (1527495) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878621)

Chill out why don't you? Get it out of your system - go an invade a country or something...

Re:hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878183)

Seriously, the constant abuse of the West in general and the US in particular is ruining this site.

Barbara Streisand... (1)

Geak (790376) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877647)

...probably said this would happen.

You mean surge, not spike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877653)

A spike is a sudden decrease, while a surge is a sudden increase. Think of volleyball: a spike sends the ball downwards.

Re:You mean surge, not spike (4, Informative)

qubezz (520511) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877721)

A spike is pointy. If it wasn't, I couldn't drive one into the heart of a vampire. It can point either direction like any pointy thing can, but is canonically used to indicate a temporary increase, such as a spike in power usage during a heat wave. Nobody would expect this to mean a decrease.

Re:You mean surge, not spike (2, Insightful)

s0nicfreak (615390) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878827)

You stab vampires with stakes, not spikes.

Re:You mean surge, not spike (0)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 2 years ago | (#39879373)

But you still CAN drive a spike into a vampire's heart.

Besides, I'm setting the rules for the fictional universe, and in that universe vampires are puppies and drink soda.

Re:You mean surge, not spike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877727)

It's probably going to look like a spike when the graphs come out. One sharp, pointy crest in the traffic. Like "spike" in the road.

Re:You mean surge, not spike (2)

sleiper (1772326) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877729)

Spikes typically categorise a one off short term increase, where as a surge would represent a more long term increase. Certainly when speaking about electricity, a spike in voltage is typically a short rise in voltage due to some transient event.

Re:You mean surge, not spike (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877731)

They are synonyms in this context, it represents the effect an outlier has on a line graph. [thoughtdelimited.org]

Re:You mean surge, not spike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877759)

Think of electrical engineering: a spike is a very narrow, very high waveform. A surge is wider and has more power.

Re:You mean surge, not spike (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878483)

Well the definition [google.com] disagrees with you...

I can't figure out how you'd get this far in life with that faulty definition.

Three minutes (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877675)

It took me three minutes to find a workaround to Virgin's block.

Re:Three minutes (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877693)

3 minutes? It's just a case of putting an "s" after http.

Re:Three minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877699)

I didn't try that. Dammit!

Re:Three minutes (3, Funny)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877811)

The OP is probably a hunt and peck typist.

Re:Three minutes (1, Funny)

pdabbadabba (720526) | more than 2 years ago | (#39879275)

We prefer "search and destroy" you insensitive clod.

Re:Three minutes (2)

monkeyhybrid (1677192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877839)

I just tried accessing the HTTPS URL [thepiratebay.se] as a test on Virgin Media and it simply times out. Not sure if that's due to blocking or maybe PirateBay just doesn't have SSL setup (although I'd presume they would)?

The HTTP URL [thepiratebay.se] is redirected to Virgin Media's site blocked [virginmedia.com] page.

Re:Three minutes (5, Informative)

DJ Particle (1442247) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877923)

https://tpb.pirateparty.org.uk/ [pirateparty.org.uk] is apparently what they're using now.

Re:Three minutes (1)

agentgonzo (1026204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878045)

Oh that's hillarious. I knew of http://thepiratebay.se.proxy.piratenpartij.nl/ [piratenpartij.nl] but it's nice to have another proxy run so blatantly on UK soil. Let's all wait for the imminent banning of the proxy, only for another one to spring up.

Re:Three minutes (1)

locofungus (179280) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877941)

Ditto for me. Looks like they've blocked the IP.

telnet www.thepiratebay.org 25 also just times out.

Tim.

Re:Three minutes (1)

hawkinspeter (831501) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878141)

I'd expect port 25 to timeout unless you're trying to send email. You want to try port 80 for http and port 443 for https.

Re:Three minutes (1)

locofungus (179280) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878223)

If they have a mail server running then I'd have expected that to connect. If it's a closed port then I'd expect to get a port reject message back and the connection close.

Only if the connection is being blocked - either because Virgin is blocking all connections to the IP or TPB server is dropping any connections to that port would I expect it to just time out.

Unfortunately, not having used TPB (it's actually surprisingly difficult to even find what the URL is supposed to be) I don't know what the expected behaviour is.

Tim.

Re:Three minutes (2)

Stween (322349) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878189)

Virgin Media has blocked just the IP address currently exposed via DNS for thepiratebay.se, far as I can tell. (I haven't tested exhaustively.) https://plus.google.com/109104274582476853846/posts/4ZDXRpUt99J [google.com]

TBP advertise a whole bunch more addresses via BGP, which I'm sure they could start using pretty quickly, if they wanted: http://bgp.he.net/AS51040#_prefixes [he.net]

Re:Three minutes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878777)

the birate pay?

Re:Three minutes (4, Informative)

SomethingOrOther (521702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878487)

The old, using google translate as a proxy works best and is suitable
for non-techies. HINT Translate the web page from Esperanto to English
There is also this lot I've copied and pasted

https://piratereverse.info/ [piratereverse.info]
http://malaysiabay.org/ [malaysiabay.org]
http://thepiratemirror.org/ [thepiratemirror.org]
http://thepiratebay.ee/ [thepiratebay.ee]
In the mean time, get on the phone to Virgin now and complain.
Hint Call the number to open a new account, you will get though quicker.

Oh and lameass filter, fuck off with too many junk characters OK?
Do I have to type this bollocks to dilute the number of junk characters
in one post or something. FFS I've wrote worse code and that is saying something. Feck arse drink girls feck arse drink girls feck arse drink

Mr unenforceable (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877681)

this law is un-enforceable and is just done to keep loud expensive lawyers quite and well paid.

The Bay is sailing? (0)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877687)

Cool. Gonna go fly the air to the grocery store, which is shopping all over the place.

bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877701)

The proper way to handle this is to prosecute individuals who use The Pirate Bay to download copyrighted material. Having ISPs block access to any part of the Internet is not the answer. They can find copyrighted software elsewhere or, I can just see this happening: somebody creates a website to forward requests to ThePirateBay and return the results.
I wouldn't be surprised if this is already out there??

Re:bad idea (1)

agentgonzo (1026204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878057)

Unfortunately they've been trying that tactic for the past decade and it just doesn't work. Everyone with a braincell agrees that banning random sections of the internet just makes the site in question move or a proxy be set up. Unfortunately (for them) they can't stop it and suing individuals just doesn't work either, so they have had to resort to bribing officials to get a search engine blocked from the internet. A change of DNS name and it all starts working again.

Re:bad idea (1)

Dodgy G33za (1669772) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878225)

What I would love is an alternative DNS network that circumvented the official ones and allowed us a free internet again. After all there is no reason why we HAVE to allow ICANN to decide where our domain names go,

Would love to see the justification for ISPs blocking an alternative DNS.

Re:bad idea (1)

agentgonzo (1026204) | more than 2 years ago | (#39879113)

They would in the name of 'Security'. There are some things being worked on like that. Google operates as (still under ICANN) unfiltered DNS on 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 and there is the starts of an open DNS being implemented at www.opendns.com

...as long as they don't ban access to the IP... (1)

unami (1042872) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877709)

someone using torrents is already kind of "technologically advanced", it should be no problem for them to go to the pirate bay without the url.

If I were... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877713)

If I were in the UK I would be accessing it via whatever proxy I could, constantly, over and over and over.

sky (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877717)

I am on sky and can still hit TPB

Mirrors? (1)

lw7av (1734012) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877739)

Are users in the U.K. able to access TPB mirrors?

Oh you got me... (4, Interesting)

need4mospd (1146215) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877741)

I couldn't possibly [torrentz.eu] find [isohunt.com] another [kickasstorrents.com] site [torrents.to] to [btjunkie.org] replace [demonoid.me] it. [extratorrent.com]

Re:Oh you got me... (4, Interesting)

Chonnawonga (1025364) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877773)

Sadly, btjunkie, one of the best of your list, recently threw in the towel due to all this nonsense.

Re:Oh you got me... (5, Funny)

NardoPolo88 (1417637) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877801)

Now you've done it. If the media companies reads this they are going to find out there is more than 1 torrent site.

Re:Oh you got me... (2)

History's Coming To (1059484) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877891)

It's a court order rather than the ISPs in this case (hence BT dragging their feet on the implementation), this is just extra hassle for them, they wouldn't be doing it if they hadn't been told to by the courts.

Red Mascara (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877755)

Is it just me or does the man in the Censorship icon have red mascara on?

well... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877767)

Then I better not hearing any whiny bullshit from the UK about "internet freedom" in China seeing as most banned sites in China are just American porn which is illegal in China the same way Pirate Bay is illegal (and now blocked) in the UK.

Re:well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878409)

Pirate Bay is not illegal in the UK. This is a civil action, not a criminal action.

Re:well... (1)

HolyCrapSCOsux (700114) | more than 2 years ago | (#39879031)

So Chinese porn is okay then? Score!!!

The slippery slope (4, Insightful)

Freaky Spook (811861) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877795)

I can't wait till the next step, blocking access to websites that provide instructions on how to access the pirate bay. Then they have an excuse to censor anything they like.

I really don't support censorship, but I'm afraid it has to get much worse, before it wakes people up to what is going on.

Re:The slippery slope (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877823)

Re:The slippery slope (4, Insightful)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877919)

Except the lawyers refuse to acknowledge it isn't stealing, it's copyright infringement. If you get something and make copies to give away or use as backups, you haven't stolen anything, you've infringed on a copyright or trademark. The original owner still has possession of their intellectual 'property'. Yet the lawyers know the difference, and keep misusing the word 'steal' in order to pump up the 'severeity' of the 'crime'.

Re:The slippery slope (2)

BootysnapChristAlive (2629837) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878031)

The pirates are rapists. They rape my intellectual property.

Re:The slippery slope (3, Insightful)

joss (1346) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878167)

Wearing that DRM it was just asking for it.

Re:The slippery slope (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878217)

Since they are raping nothing (no such thing as intellectual property), the pirates are in fact NOT rapists.

Have you ever repeated a number in your life? Then by your own definition, that would make YOU a rapist.

Re:The slippery slope (1)

Dodgy G33za (1669772) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878301)

It's worse than that. Think of the children...

Re:The slippery slope (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878427)

We have to stop the terrorists

Re:The slippery slope (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878149)

they are democracy, they will loose the elections for the pirates.

you cant still if its not there.

errr steal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878289)

spill check don't always work.

Streisand-ephect (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39877807)

Streisand-effect at full force!

Sky isnt blocking TPB (2)

Kitano123 (2631243) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877819)

Sky, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and O2 have already blocked access

I use sky and can still access TPB.

Re:Sky isnt blocking TPB (3, Informative)

u38cg (607297) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878347)

Are you on the light version (?Connect)? One Sky package is completely BT administered and Sky just supply branding, billing admin and take a cut.

Pointless (3, Insightful)

Teknikal69 (1769274) | more than 2 years ago | (#39877953)

I'm more concerned with what they will start blocking now they have a precedent, wouldn't surprise me in ten years if you have only government licensed sites and a seriously crazy darknet going on, I think they'll come to regret trying to censor when they realise they have lost all control . I'm on virgin and had a check, yes t's blocked but it took me ten seconds to be able to access it anyway.

Re:Pointless (3, Interesting)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878089)

They don't have a precedent. They just made a ruling. One which can be challenged. Only if it is not challenged will it become a precedent. So, all you Brits, time to step up. You paid for access to the internet. If they are not giving you the access you paid for, demand your money back. Sue the ISPs. Sue parliament.

Re:Pointless (3, Insightful)

Dodgy G33za (1669772) | more than 2 years ago | (#39878291)

Good point actually. The moment they start to filter they can't say they offer access to the Internet, only the Internet*

*stuff the government doesn't like excluded, subject to change at any time

Re:Pointless (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878693)

I'm on virgin and had a check, yes t's blocked but it took me ten seconds to be able to access it anyway.

Don't forget to tell her it only hurts the first time.

I used to buy movies and games... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878313)

And still do if they weren't backed be MPAA, RIAA, or any agency that is pro-SOPA and the like. So all of EA is banned in my book, for those reasons and others. The indie scene is becoming more popular and a lot more fun than pro-games anyways, so it's all good. And who can say no to Iron Sky? lulz

Torbutton (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878395)

Well, that was *really difficult* to circumvent. (clicks picture of onion).

I was just waiting to use my Firefox Torbutton addon; I can confirm it works nicely.

Torbutton off:
"Sorry, the web page you have requested is not available through Virgin Media.

Virgin Media has received an order from the Courts requiring us to prevent access to this site in order to help protect against copyright infringement."

Torbutton on:
[Image: The worst part of censorship etc.]
"Search Torrents | Browse Torrents | Recent Torrents | TV shows | Music | Top 100

Preferences Languages

All Audio Video Applications Games Other "

(Text copy/paste, images not copied)

I made a point of starting several torrents just to stick two fingers up (=US 1 middle finger at current exchange rate).

Next: Are they going to try blocking TOR?

Rosetta Stone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39878873)

Can someone point to a quality warez release of Rosetta Stone? Most that I have found at TPB and other places seem a bit shady (could contain malware or are said not to work).
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