February 28, 2013 | Jim Killock
Court blocking orders lack transparency
Judge Arnold today handed down judgements allowing the BPI to instruct ISPs to block Fenopy, H33T and KickassTorrents. ISPs did not contest the orders.
Blocking is an extreme response, which will encourage new forms of distributed infringement. The BPI and others should be mindful that their tactics may have the opposite effect to their intention, by legitimising and promoting resistance to their actions.
We are concerned that these orders are not protecting speech, are overblocking forums and discussion, and are prone to error as the actual block lists are private.
Furthermore, users and the public interest have not been represented in the processes. ORG is actively examining ways to rectify this and will shortly be hiring a legal director. You can help by joining ORG