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Dutch Pirate Party takes the fight to BREIN!

Posted in Copyright, english, Politics with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2012 by NachtVorst

UPDATE: The judge decided BREIN was out of line to broaden the terms of the original judges decision, so the general proxy stays online, at least until the proper case on April 24th. Read more at Slashdot…

I wrote before about the Pirate Bay proxy the dutch Pirate Party had set up. Last Friday BREIN asked a judge for an ex parte decision to have the proxy taken down. The Pirate Party asked the judge to make it a normal case considering the lack of extreme urgency (there are thousands of proxies on the Net), but this was denied and the Pirate Bay-specific proxy was taken down. However, BREIN and the court were probably unaware that the Pirate Party has been running a general proxy for much longer now, ever since WikiLeaks was blocked in many countries. A link to this proxy and many other circumvention measures was put up and promptly BREIN demanded this proxy would filter out requests for the Pirate Bay and related sites/ip-adresses, this time not even bothering to visit their judge. As a result most hyperlinks were removed from tpb.piratenpartij.nl, but the general proxy is still up (just add .proxy.piratenpartij.nl at the end of the URL, like https://thepiratebay.se.proxy.piratenpartij.nl or https://nachtvorst.wordpress.com.proxy.piratenpartij.nl ) and, most importantly: The Pirate Party is countersueing BREIN! That’s right, take the fight to them!

Here’s the press release:

PIRATES GO TO BATTLE

With the might of a whole generation behind them, today the Dutch Pirate Party goes to war for a free internet. By dragging BREIN to court, the Pirate Party finally has the chance to put forward arguments to strike the court injunction that was unilaterally imposed on it last friday by Dutch entertainment industry organisation BREIN.

After the legal harassment continued even on saturday night, when BREIN sent an email at 20:15 demanding extra measures under threat of draconian penalties, the Pirates are anxious to finally get their day in court. The penalties imposed by the court are 4 times higher than those ordered upon the large commercial ISPs XS4ALL and Ziggo, demonstrating that the ideas of a (yet) small political party are deemed more dangerous than for-profit companies.

The Pirate Party is highly disappointed that the judge ruled thusly and has allowed BREIN to rewrite their claim in order to avoid the preemptive legal request of the Pirate Party to be heard in court, were BREIN to come with a so-called “ex parte” injunction request. The Pirate Party sees this course of action as a direct attack on democracy and justice.

“It is time that the industry attack dogs understand that you can’t trample on people’s freedoms for your own monetary gain,” Pirate Party board member blauwbaard says. “Today we’ll try to explain to the judge how giving BREIN one blocking instrument causes them to stretch it in unjust ways to stifle free speech and the free flow of information. Paraphrasing Victor Hugo, nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

At this weekend’s Pirate Parties International convention, where delegates of over 60 Pirate Parties world-wide convened, representatives of the Dutch Pirate Party made a statement about the ongoing affairs. The Dutch Pirate Party calls upon all pirates and freedom-loving landlubbers to stand up and support our fight against censorship. Because as Martin Luther King might have said it, were he alive today, “freedom on the internet is indivisible, a threat to freedom of the internet anywhere is a threat to freedom on the internet everywhere.”

Arrr!

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Rick Falkvinge @ TED

Posted in Copyright, english, Funny, Politics, Video with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2012 by NachtVorst

I just watched Rick Falkvinge’s (the founder of and MEP for the Pirate Party) talk at TEDxLondon. It’s amazing, inspiring, insightful and contains plenty of lol-moments as well. Ever heard a politician quote Futurama before?

Remember ‘seed and share’ could be the new ‘love and peace’!

Court Orders XS4ALL and Ziggo to Censor Piratebay

Posted in Big Brother, Copyright, english, Politics, Software, Tech with tags , , , , on January 12, 2012 by NachtVorst


Today a dutch court of law decided that ISPs XS4ALL and Ziggo1 have to block all access to the Pirate Bay and related domains and IP-adresses2 as requested by anti-piracy organization BREIN. The court reasoned that since BitTorrent user can(!) upload material as well as download it (which is legal in a lot of cases), the website of the Pirate bay should be censored, even though they stopped hosting a tracker years ago.

In principle this is terrible, but since the Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it, it shouldn’t really make things all that harder in practice. A few options off the top of my head, in order of increasing complexity:

  • Use a proxy3
  • Use a VPN3
  • Use Opera Turbo (or Mini), you’ll get your pages through their servers in Norway, making it a VPN in some ways
  • Similarly, you could use the Pirate Bay Dancing plugin for FireFox
  • Use TOR
  • The Wayback Machine mirrors the .torrents too
  • Google has most of the magnetlinks in their cache
  • Use a service like web2mail to get webpages sent to your email
  • Use a shell-account3 and be creative from there:
  • You could deploy your own service that scrapes the Pirate Bay and makes the pages or the .torrents (or even better: a single .torrent or magnetlinkcontaing them) available via:
    • mailing lists
    • a private tracker
    • freenet
    • usenet
    • IRC
    • Google-docs
    • sneakernet
    • an online notepad
    • filehosting sites
    • QR-codes embedded in youtube-clips

Add your own suggestions in the comments and make sure you spread your results as far as possible!

Updates:

1: ziggo.nl pops up a warning that the site doesn’t (fully) support my Opera Browser and suggests I switch to a different browser. I’d suggest that an ISP should be able to server proper standards-compliant pages.

2: A list conveniently supplied and updated by BREIN.

3: Not one from the Netherlands, North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia or similarly afflicted countries of course

The Coming War on General Purpose Computation – Cory Doctorow at 28C3

Posted in Copyright, english, Politics, Software, Tech, Video with tags , on December 31, 2011 by NachtVorst

Cory Doctorow held his keynote speech at 28C3, the 28th Chaos Computer Congress last Monday. He’s in great form and the subject is +5 insightful, check it out below or read the transcript here.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HUEvRyemKSg%5D

Adolf is pissed at Google

Posted in Copyright, english, Funny, Video with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by NachtVorst

I was planning to post something about how stupid and counter-productive it was of Constantin Film to try to get all der Untergang (Downfall)-clips removed from YouTube, but I’ll let der Führer himself explain why this is a Bad Thing®:

“Trots op Nederland steelt” – Sargasso en HP/De Tijd

Posted in Copyright, dutch, Politics with tags , , , on February 26, 2010 by NachtVorst

Berichtje op HP en Sargasso. Op de site van TON staan afbeeldingen die zonder enige melding van andere sites zijn overgenomen.

Om te beginnen vrij droevig natuurlijk, dat een partij (pardon, ‘beweging’) die zo het ‘fatsoen’ zo hoog heeft zitten het blijkbaar niet nodig vindt om aan bronvermelding te doen.

Wat echter ook jammer is, is dat beide sites (Sargasso en HP) het over ‘stelen’ hebben, terwijl dit toch duidelijk niet het geval is. De orginele beelden zijn nog in bezit van de oorspronkelijke eigenaar, dus lijkt dit me geen ‘diefstal’, maar van kopieren zonder toestemming, inbreuk op de auteursrechten dus. Ook niet netjes, maar laten we geen dramatischere termen gebruiken dan nodig is.

Ik hoopte even dat Rita een radicaal standpunt tegen auteursrechten had ingenomen, maar helaas, op de site staat het volgende:

Het auteursrecht op al het materiaal op onze diensten en producten berust bij Trots op Nederland en/of bij haar samenwerkende partners, tenzij nadrukkelijk anders vermeld.

Helaas, dus gewoon een beetje dom, zoals we van de beweging gewend zijn.

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