This is just stupid, blocking The Pirate Bay won't stop torrenting at the least. Clearly, the one's who put this forward has no idea how torrenting works, at all.
Block Google while your at it since you can search up ANYTHING, such idiots.
How will i download my linux distros now :(
I don't remember the last time I used TPB for the services it offers. There are dozens of better sites and directories for that shit.
Even if they took down the pirate bay for good, the .torrent files would simply be spread across forums and clones. If they keep hunting, people will just hide .torrents in picture files or something, which is easy enough to do considering their small size.
It'll all just get more decentralized and harder to control for them.
If anyone's ISP is blocking them just use OpenDNS. The IP is 18.104.22.168.
Saw the thread just as i opened facepunch, "UK ISPs must block..." immediately i guessed piratebay , torrent site or download site, i guess i can predict stupidity.
If they wanted to stop piracy they'd have to block all P2P file transfers, and that extends to many more services than torrenting.
A "step in the right direction" is to quit pumping money into worthless countermeasures and making a product people will want to buy.
Instead what will happen is that the piratebay will continue operating and finding new ways to reach people making the problem even harder to solve.
Still so uninformed.
I'm so glad I live in the UK where the government isn't retarded.
Hahah like YOU guys give a shit about the artists.
The actual artists hardly get any money, the record labels are the ones that get it. Bands only really get any decent amount of money from merchandise and tours.
Like it's been shown in this thread (together with some links that bypass the block even), this is completely pointless and a waste of time and money that could be used in better places.
Sure, you've stopped a lot of theft of electronics. But legitimate people are hurt too, and the thieves will find something else to steal.
And piracy is still nothing like theft anyway, they absolutely need to stop treating them similarly.
It's already blocked in Denmark, but it can be bypassed simply by using openDNS.....
Really? They only block it using their shit DNS servers? What is the point? Anyone can change their DNS to anything else quite easily.
Authoritarian measures are not the way forward. The industry needs to give people a reason to buy their shit and a reason not to pirate other than "nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh, we'll get the state all up in yo shit, bro!"
The fact that pirating is so widespread should send a message to the entertainment barons to try and do something innovative about it rather than give the government a blowjob.
Just use a VPN like UnblockUs (http://unblock-us.com/)
Can sign up for a week trial and its only a few dollars a month. You just get an IP to a DNS server to throw in your internet settings and you are away.
I use it to get US Netflix in the UK without the horrible speed reductions of a proxy, its pretty awesome.
Alternatively, you can just use Google's public DNS - 22.214.171.124 / 126.96.36.199