The net widens **Updated**

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled.

Why? UK internet service providers are not responsible for what Pirate Bay or it's users do. Why is it up to them to block it? And what a coincidental time for this ruling, right in the middle of the great porn debate.
The Pirate Party UK, a spin-off from the political movement started in Sweden that backs copyright reform, said this latest move will "not put any extra pennies into the pockets of artists".
That's true. Everyone I've spoken too who downloads music and film does it because they can't afford to or don't want to buy the original. If the option to download was not available they simply wouldn't watch the film or listen to the music. Most people who download get a personal gain from it in that they can expand their viewing / listening, but that comes at no expense to the copyright holder because these people would never have bought the original anyway.
But Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, called the move "pointless and dangerous". "It will fuel calls for further, wider and even more drastic calls for internet censorship of many kinds, from pornography to extremism," he said.
Oh they're way ahead of you. The Daily Mail has just blown off it's own foot by jumping on the anti internet porn campaign. Fortunately the sheep are storming the pens on that one, although it may already be too late to put a stop to it. Once MPs have invoked the holy grail of 'protecting the kiddies', stifling, knee jerk, authoritarian legislation is just around the corner.

Followed closely by pressure groups and fake charities demanding the next logical step.

**Update**

And here is the Daily Mail jumping straight on the judges decision with a plea to extend this to their online porn blocking campaign:

Judges show we CAN put a block on online porn as they order internet providers to block illegal file sharing site.

The DM are really showing themselves up as bare faced liars with this campaign. Judges did not show we CAN block online porn, they only showed that they are willing to try. The ISP's still say it would be very difficult, and here we are only talking about one site, not every picture and movie of an adult nature on the entire internet.

At least the comments are still true to form. The Daily Mail have no allies in this crusade.

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