VPNs to bypass these blocking orders?Readers' thoughts are welcome, both on the legal issues and on the wider commercial issues on both sides of the equation.
My 13 year old sister knows how to use proxy websites and I doubt it will be long before kids (even the most technically illiterate of them) figure out how to use these sites. They really aren't complicated to use and I don't know if the courts have the powers to block the use of proxy websites (given they have perfectly legitimate uses) in order to stop this practice. Therefore, it seems to me that the only thing the courts can do to stop this is to actually have the infringing sites taken down rather than blocking access to them -- a feat that will be incredibly hard when the hosts can easily kickstart a new server in some remote location.
I suppose the blocking order of the sites that facilitate copyright infringement is a victory for IP rights holders, but when one reaslises how easy it is to get around the block, it becomes a rather hollow victory. And, in this day and age, people will quickly learn of proxies/VPNs for this purpose and the block will rendered a futile attempt at putting a stop to copyright infringement".
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Blocking orders, proxies and VPNS: a reader asks
Blog reader Dan Scofield writes to ask the following question: