p2pnet news | p2p:- Hollywood is using its frightening political clout to once again coerce Sweden’s elected and appointed authorities into a step ultimately aimed at closing down its nemesis, The Pirate Bay.
And this time it’s using child pornography as its weapon.
The major studios have done everything they can to kill the site, up to and including making outrageous claims, using Swedish police in raids, and seizing computer equipment.
Now Time Warner, Viacom, Fox, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney have turned to one of their favourite tactics: raising the spectre of kiddie porn in a ploy that’s extremely successful in the United States in particular. It was, and is, used by politicians ‘friendly’ to Hollywood to introduce vested interest legislation; and, as an excuse to try to close down sites the studios don’t like.
An online indexing site run by a handful of people with sparse resources is terrifying the impossibly wealthy corporate movie clan as it tries to hold back the tide in the name of corporate profits.
Like the music industry, dominated by EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France), Sony BMG (Japan and Germany) and Warner Music (US), the studios take it for granted they can snap their fingers and have national police forces, funded by taxpayers, immediately placed at their disposal.
Using propaganda techniques refined by the Nazis during World War II, they’ve been able to turn a wholly civil concept, copyright infringement, into a new crime, file sharing, and through the mainstream media, elevate it to the level of rape and murder.
“This Friday, it became known that the Swedish Police Board will shut down The Pirate Bay, the popular file sharing site, by classifying it as a child pornography site in the blocklist that Swedish Internet Providers respect,” says a post on
Sweden’s Pirate Party site.
It goes on:
Some time next week, an update to the blacklist will include The Pirate Bay.
This means that anyone from Sweden visiting the well-known file sharing site The Pirate Bay will be greeted by a block page from the Police Board saying they’re not allowed to visit child pornography sites.
“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.”
“This is not worthy a democracy governed by law. The people who have made this decision cannot remain in our judicial system”, Falkvinge continues. “It also undermines the legitimacy of the child porn filter. This filter is not intended for subjective use by goverment officials to close down undesirable sites which do not break any laws.”
The Pirate Bay, which last year was raided in an attempt to find copyrighted material on the servers, is a controversial site and not highly regarded in the ranks of the establishment. When this happens, it is easy to come to the conclusion that The Pirate Bay is such an embarrassment to the Swedish Government, that any means available is used to stop it.
“Today, online censorship has shown its colors. This abuse of power places Sweden in the same league as China and Saudi Arabia. Now, we must kick out any and all parts of government that don’t understand the concept of free communication, and how it is fundamental to a functioning democracy”, Falkvinge finishes.
Says TPB spokesman brokep on his blog:
Working online gives you a lot of friends. Some of those gives you heads up when something big is going on, and sometimes really big things happen.
A couple of hours ago I got one of those – The Swedish Police is going to put The Pirate Bay in it’s child porn filter!
The filter is a voluntary system that the Swedish ISPs agree to use. They redirect DNS entries they find within this list to a page where it gives you information about why it’s blocked. The meaning of this filter is what? Real child porn is probably hidden somewhere, and we’ve been the victims of this filter wrongfully before! And you know what? It’s the same police officer that I was angry with for blocking the previous domain that is responsible for this blocking too.
(It’s three weeks ago..) And he doesn’t pick up the phone.
To make things perfectly clear – we don’t host any content. And I have never seen child porn on the bay. Our moderators work on all the reports we receive from the public and they contact ECPAT or other organisations if they found suspicious stuff. The police has never contacted us in any aspect regarding child porn! And who would put it up there?
TPB is the most visible place there is. People that distribute stuff like this put it on darknets and I would think they know that the risk of getting caught putting stuff on a public system like The Pirate Bay is really huge. It’s sexual suicide!
If the police would find anything wrong – shouldn’t they first contact us, then bring us in for questioning regarding the content, ask for our help or bring us to court for our wrongdoings?
By not acting this way it’s very clear what this is all about. It’s all about quieting a voice that is really uncomfortable for them since they don’t have any legal standpoint in doing it. It’s sabotage, it’s abuse of power given to them.
It will forever make our site associated with something as disgusting as child porn. They are labelling us – without being even tried for it in a legal system, remember – as having something to do with child porn!
So who’s abusing children? It’s the police, for using the same filtering system as to protect them, to gain from it themselves. For them, it’s good that children get abused, so they can shut down sites they don’t like. Yes, it sounds sick, but this is the way it has become.
I hope that the Swedish ISPs will take action against this and stop using the childporn filter! And that’s a bad thing because it could have some good effects, but they decided to go a bit too far with their filtering.
TPBs users create around 40% of the Swedish internet traffic due to file sharing – so stay tuned for an update, this is going to be a really big fight.
UPDATE: A press release from the police (soon published, I got the heads up again from a journalist) states that ‘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’. So, come on! What fucking content are you talking about? Still not a single contact attempt from the police.
The labels and studios give file sharing the same status as counterfeiting when in fact they have absolutely nothing in common with each other.
Making exact, or close, copies of something and then selling it for profit is most definitely a crime.
Sharing something you like is a social activity which has been, and still is, essential to the development of healthy cultures everywhere.
The first would definitely have an impact on revenues. Whether or not it affects them to the extent claimed by the industries is an entirely different question.
With sharing, though, no one is deprived of something he or she formerly owned, no money is made or lost and it’s never been even vaguely demonstrated that something which has been shared mean a sale has been lost, somewhere somehow.
However, this spurious contention is being hammered over and over again by the entertainment corporations as they spend hundreds of millions of dollars in their campaign to gain control of the Net, which they know will become the primary distribution vehicle of the 21st-century and which they believe they must therefore be able to control in the interests of their shareholders.
The people who are developing the P2P file sharing applications which strike so much fear into the hearts of entertainment cartel executives are the innovators of this digital century.
If the cartel’s were to use them against the counterfeiters instead of trying to brand them as criminals of the same ilk, together, they’d quickly stop the flood of counterfeit product.
Of course, the corporations would no longer have total dominance, but that wouldn’t matter. The Net offers mind-boggling marketing possibilities and opportunities never seen before, and there’d plenty for everyone.
Definitely stay tuned.