How to kill a website with one email

From the Register

A Dutch advocacy group, Bits of Freedom, signed up with 10 ISPs and used the websites to host text by an author who died in 1887. They then sent a ‘complaint’ demanding via a Hotmail account that ‘copyright infringing’ content be pulled by the 10 ISPs.

Seven of the ten providers (ISPs Tiscali, Wanadoo, Demon Internet and Planet Internet; hosting firms Yourhosting, iFast and Active24) pulled the content without either scrutinising the ‘offending’ website or demonstrating a basic understanding of copyright law.

Bits of Freedom said its test show a worrying willingness to comply with complaints without question. “It only takes a Hotmail account to bring a website down and freedom of speech stands no chance against Texan-style private ISP justice,” it concludes.

And with everything we say online being scrutinised via Echelon, everyone’s just a bit too jumpy. Doesn’t anyone have a healthy disrespect for authority anymore??

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mysterioso

I play bass, I cook, I look out the window. Sometimes I prefer wondering what's out there to going out and looking. But not all the time. I only recently learned that leaving two spaces after a full stop is obsolete.

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