Proposal Suggests Browsers Should Block Users From BitTorrent Sites

As the United States heads off firmly down the domain seizures route, other countries around the world are also considering how best to deal with the issue of online piracy. Blocking sites via the web’s DNS system has been high on the agenda but doubts exist over its effectiveness. A suggestion coming out of Europe this week would mean that malware filtering in web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome would do the dirty work.

For years the entertainment industries’ have been attacking services that provide access to illicit content, such as Napster, Kazaa, LimeWire or any one of the now-defunct BitTorrent trackers. These efforts have run in parallel with trying to scare users away from such sites.

In recent times, however, it has become increasingly clear that these strategies aren’t working. Suing Internet users proved both ineffective and counter-productive and sites like The Pirate Bay, isoHunt and Newzbin simply refuse to give in, despite the studios throwing millions of dollars away trying to destroy them.

So, if sites are to remain online and users refuse to stop accessing them, it’s time for a new plan – get in the middle of sites and their users and physically stop them from communicating with each other.

In the UK, while the faltering Digital Economy Act stumbles around in its own mess, discussions behind the scenes are focused on the entertainment companies and ISPs formulating a voluntary code to have domain names conveniently blocked. Continue reading…

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One Comment

  1. Do they not get it already, they claim sales in the movie and music area are lacking, so they blame it on bittorrent as always.

    The truth is that these companies creating music and movies today are complete and utter rubbish. Every single song in the charts is complete trash, pretty much the same deal for the movies aswell.

    People are only inclined to buy something if it is worth watching or listening too. There is nothing wrong with try before you buy (so to speak). Who honestly wants to pay money for some piece of junk movie? If you watch it online, and decide its good enough to watch again, majority of people who can afford it will in fact buy that movie on dvd, or even go and see a better quality version in the cinema.

    Censoring content is just stupid. Once these movie/music corporations realise the products they are churning out indeed are total junky trash, then they can stop blaming bittorrent for “lack of sales”.

    Its just another excuse for the American “land of the free” (yeh right lmao!) to get rid of free speech + freedom of information.

    These idiots in the RIAA/MPAA and other goon organizations seem to think bittorrent is “illegal stuff” only. I tend to download a fair amount of open source software from sites like the pirate bay on occasion, heck i even got the last slackware iso from it.

    As for the browser idea, well as long as the source is available it won’t be too hard to disable that “pathetic” idea of a feature from it. Sometimes i wonder why the american government and its puppet regime of corporations always churn out this crap.

    Well, theres my rant.

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