Thursday, December 11, 2008
Attempt to censor a Wikipedia article backfires; MPAA may want "three strikes" rule on P2P users
Electronic Frontier Foundation continues to find more bizarre attempts of censorship or “turf protection” that backfire. Today Peter Eckersley has an article “Internet censors must be accountable for the things they break,” here. There was a case where the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation tried to suppress a Wikipedia article (an article about an album by a German heavy metal band) with a shattered-glass image of a girl considered indecent or illegal. But when IWF tried to censor the article with a bizarre proxy server technology, the end result was more wiki “vandalism” and more people seeing the undesirable image as an indirect mathematical result.
And, in turf-protection mode, the MPAA is preparing to ask the new Obama administration for more surveillance power over copyright infringement. The article by Tim Jones is here. One of the most frightening proposals would be a “three-strike” rule requiring an ISP to terminate the service of any customer who has accumulated three accusations of copyright infringement (as with P2P), with no judicial review.