A Belgian appeals court has ordered two Belgian ISPs to begin blocking The Pirate Bay or face fines. The ruling comes after a two year long court battle that originally had the ISPs protected from forced filtering. Now the ISPs have 14 days to comply with the ruling, but The Priate Bay says there is no reason for concern.
According to Pirate Bay, they only see an uptick in traffic when an ISP blocks them. There are numerous methods for circumventing an DNS-level block. They cheekily added their thanks to the Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation (BAF) for the free advertising. BAF takes the situation much more seriously, though, saying that the ISPs were creating a safe haven for piracy. Digital rights groups are hopping mad, pointing out that the block censors all content, even that which was legal.
The wide availability of alternative DNS systems and VPNs seems to negate any efforts to block The Pirate Bay, but copyright holders keep trying, much to TPB’s delight. Do you think ISPs should block sites?