By Richard Menta 7/7/07
The Swedish police failed in their bid to shut down the Pirate Bay in May of 2006 through conventional methods, which meant raiding the group's office and confiscating servers. Pirate Bay was back up in just three days after the raid and became more defiant than ever. Now the Pirate Party is facing another bout with the police. They just put out a press release that says the police are adopting a new tactic to control access to the site. They are classifying it as a child pornography site and adding it to a blacklist that will prevent Swedish citizens from gaining access to the popular BitTorrent destination.
According to the press release the blacklist is respected by Swedish ISPs. Once on the list users going to the Pirate Bay will be directed to a block site that says the user is not allowed to visit a child pornography site.
Such a mark on the Pirate Bay can have greater ramifications than just blocking users. Declaring a site a facilitator of child pornography could be the first step in the procecution of its administrators as child pornographers, a slippery slope given what Google can pull up from Web servers. Whether it will ever get to the point of formal charges or arrests is purely speculative at this point, chances are the police will be satisfied with just successfully choking off access. Nevertheless, the Pirate Bay's leadership is alarmed.
"This is a devastatingly ignorant abuse of the trust relationship between
the Internet world and the Police that was created in order to stop child pornography",
says Rick Falkvinge, leader of the Pirate Party. "It also undermines the
legitimacy of the child porn filter. This filter is not intended for subjective
use by goverment officials to close down undesirable sites which do not break
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