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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, but the general proxy is still up (just add at the end of the URL, like or ) and, most importantly: The Pirate Party is countersueing BREIN! That’s right, take the fight to them!

Here’s the press release:


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.”



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!


1: 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.


Rop Gonggrijp’s keynote at 27C3

Posted in english, Politics, Tech with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by NachtVorst

Must read for anyone remotely interested in technology and civil liberties:

Dutch Ur-hacker Rop Gonggrijps’ keynote at 27C3 (That’s the 27th Chaos Communication Congress for the non-initiated).

Some choice quotes after the break: Continue reading

Weer != Klimaat, 3

Posted in dutch, Politics with tags , , , on December 2, 2010 by NachtVorst

Ja hoor, je kon er op wachten: De eerste sneeuw is gevallen en onze vrienden van de PVV spuien hun klimaat-scepsis* weer:

Volgens PVV wil opwarming aarde niet vlotten |

Bij de vorige sneeuwbui hoorden we precies hetzelfde. Ik vroeg me toen het volgende af:

Ik ben benieuwd wat hun standpunt in de zomer is, als er een hittegolf is…

Blijkbaar waren ze toen met vakantie (in lekker zonnige oorden als Marokko, Turkije en de Antillen), want ik heb ze toen niet horen brullen dat er eindelijk eens iets aan die opwarming van de aarde moet gebeuren, terwijl het toch niet bepaald koud was.

Nog 1 keertje dan: Klimaat is niet hetzelfde als weer!

*Is een klimaatscepticus niet iemand die sceptisch staat tegenover het hele begrip ‘klimaat’? De correcte term zou dus klimaatsveranderingsscepticus moeten zijn.

The music in my head: METALLICA – …And Justice for All (including bonus rant!)

Posted in english, Metal, Politics, Terror, The Music in my Head, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by NachtVorst

I’ve had the title-track from Metallica‘s …And Justice for All stuck in my head all day today. Here’s an excellent live version:

I’m not sure how the song got stuck in my head, but it could have something to do with the new cabinet we’re getting here in Holland, formed by two right-wing parties with support from the local fascist party. They will be fusing the ministries of Justice and the Interior into a super-department of ‘Safety and Justice’, bringing control over Police and the Judiciary in one hand. Montesquieu is turning in his grave.

The Ultimate in Vanity
Exploiting Their Supremacy
I Can’t Believe the Things You Say
I Can’t Believe
I Can’t Believe the Price You Pay
Nothing Can Save You

The new Minister of Safety will be Ivo Opstelten, the person who came up with the ludicrous idea that there should be a minimum distance between schools and coffeeshops. Notice that entrance to coffeeshops is prohibited to minors here and the shopholders strictly enforce this or their shops would be closed. Also notice that he has no problem with bars and stores selling alcohol close to schools.

Apathy Their Stepping Stone
So Unfeeling
Hidden Deep Animosity
So Deceiving
Through Your Eyes Their Light Burns
Hoping to Find
Inquisition Sinking You
With Prying Minds

The state secretary will be Fred ‘Crimefighter’ Teeven (no, not the funny guy), a veteran of the war against terror and the war on (some) drugs.

Halls of Justice Painted Green
Money Talking
Power Wolves Beset Your Door
Hear Them Stalking
Soon You’ll Please Their Appetite
They Devour
Hammer of Justice Crushes You

It’s unclear what Opstelten’s positions on net-neutrality, censorship and piracy are and Teeven’s position seems to be mostly shifting, so as a freedom-lover, pirate and coffeeshop-visitor I will be keeping a very close eye on these guys.

Justice Is Lost
Justice Is Raped
Justice Is Gone
Pulling Your Strings
Justice Is Done
Seeking No Truth
Winning Is All
Find it So Grim
So True
So Real

Sorry for the rant, I promised myself not to rant about politics anymore, but that will be hard with the new brown cabinet… Back to the subject; compare the above version of Justice, from the 1989 tour with this one, when they finally played it completely again for the first time 18 years later:

Where is the anger, the aggression, the thrash-feeling? The vocals are off, the solo is wrong and won’t even start about the drums. Can you believe it’s the same band? I think we need Mr. T and the ghost of Cliff Burton to help us once again… (Wow, actually still exists? Guess they’ve beaten GeoCities after all!)

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