Swedish Police Attempt to Block The Pirate Bay
July 6, 2007
A press release from the Swedish Pirate Party
is reporting that the Swedish police are attempting to block access to The Pirate Bay by reclassifying it as a child porn site. ISPs would then be asked to voluntarily block access to all Swedish citizens.
The Pirate Bay has been a thorn in the entertainment industry for its nearly four year existence. They have also thwarted numerous legal attempts to force it off line, including a May 2006 raid that failed to negate this immensely popular BitTorrent tracker.
Because of the inability to banish this nuisance from the face of the Internet, the Pirate Party is taking the position that this latest attempt is nothing more than a desperation move by the authorities.
"This is a devastatingly ignorant abuse of the trust relationship between the Internet world and the Police that was created in order to stop child pornography", says Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Pirate Party. "Once given the means to shut down unwanted sites, the Police uses the filter to shut down the Pirate Bay after the failed attempt last year. And just like last year, through abuse of procedure."
According to the latest blog entry
for The Pirate Bay's spokesman "brokep", a Swedish police press release states that the decision whether to block this BitTorrent tracker will be made next week.
“it’s not decided that we’ll put The Pirate Bay in the list - if the content is still there next week we’ll put them there," a police spokes person is quoted as saying.
And what if the decision to ask voluntary compliance is asked?
"Basically, we have a lot up our sleeves for stuff like this," brokep told Slyck.com. But we'll take the media approach first, and then we'll go to the ISPs and tell them that they should not agree to the filter (it's voluntary)."
The Pirate Bay contend that no such content exists on its network. They feel their desperation argument is augmented by the fact that this is a voluntary action, not a criminal investigation.
"Shouldn't they take us down then instead of asking the ISPs to filter us?", brokep wonders.
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