Thursday, April 19, 2012

Belgians completely shut off from The Pirate Bay! ...?

Photo: Steve Rhode.

As a true, cod-blooded Scandinavian, I have a close and personal relationship with a little Swedish web site called The Pirate Bay. Frequenting TPB is like having an ultra-cool friend who knows what you like and gives it to you for free. It's as if Fonzie and Santa Claus had a baby, and you adopted the baby and stuck it inside your computer. (Of course, I would never do that to a computer.)

The Pirate Bay has sailed the seas of the interwebs for over eight years now, and has navigated some dangerous waters. Just as the vikings of old ran into (and subsequently ran through) people who disagreed with their lifestyle of rape and pillage, so have the Swedes of today encountered trouble abroad, most recently right here in Belgium. Long gone are the days when rivaling armies could turn the Westhoek and the Ardennes into a playing field for their martial antics. Belgium is rising to the Swedish threat. But is it working?

Depending on who you ask, this is either the most useful or the most criminal website in the world.

Last October two Belgian ISPs were ordered by the Antwerp Court of Appeal to block subscriber access to 11 domains connected to The Pirate Bay. The Swedes replied by registering a new domain name, Now this has been blocked as well.

Is this a crushing victory for Belgian justice? The Internet says no. The commenters on the TorrentFreak article provide at least five ways to bypass the legislation. It seems that instead of restricting the possibilities of file sharers, lawgivers have only diminished the judicial system's coin purse.

The moral of the story is: Don't mess with vikings with computers.

Source: TorrentFreak: Belgium Blocks Alternative Pirate Bay Domain

1 comment:

  1. "Belgian justice" is no real justice. Go Vikings! ;)