I heard a rumour the other day that more and more ISPs in Denmark had chosen to follow the court ruling against the Danish ISP “Tele2”, forcing them to block all access to the popular BitTorrent tracker, The Pirate Bay. I’ve until now had a hard time believing that the lobbyists from IFPI etc. would actually succeed in persuading other ISPs to follow, but alas I was wrong! Horribly wrong.
This morning, I discovered that our ISP at work has also decided to follow IFPI and the Danish court by blocking access to www.thepiratebay.org.
Now, I’m having a terribly hard time understanding how this isn’t somehow directly contradictory to the paragraph about freedom of speech in the Constitutional Act of Denmark §77, which states:
Any person shall be at liberty to publish his ideas
in print, in writing, and in speech, subject to his
being held responsible in a court of law. Censorship
and other preventive measures shall never
again be introduced.
(source: English translation of the Constitution from www.folketinget.dk)
How a Danish court could possibly rule in favour of a lobby organisation like IFPI is beyond me. What’s next? Block access to Google because you can use Google to find illegal material? Hey, surprise surprise, you can even find torrent files using Google. Google even neatly stores them in its cache for you!
Have you been blocked by your ISP? Check out www.thejesperbay.org for a solution. It’s really easy to get around :-)