Pirate Party to take down instructions for circumventing the ISPs blocking measures.
According to the Dutch Pirate Party Blog:
In point ii) of the verdict the Pirate Party is ordered ‘to cease & desist presenting direct links to other TPB dedicated proxies.’
This prohibition seems to cover the whole *.piratenpartij.nl domain. We have to comb every inch of our site, including our blog, to make sure we have no links to sites such as geenstijl.nl (Dutch news weblog) or rechtspraak.nl (Dutch law weblog). If we would want to try and risk €10.000, we could try and see what exactly is meant by ‘direct links’.
Point v) bids te Pirate Party ‘to cease & desist placing lists with internet addresses which can be used to circumvent the block of TPB, on her subdomain tpb.piratenpartij.nl.’
Apparantly it is now forbidden to direct people to the Tor project’s download page, or even the Opera browser’s page.
Nobody here at SumRando is going to argue that illegal file-sharing is acceptable. But it should go without saying that violating basic rights like freedom of expression in order to enforce copyrights is wildly unacceptable. Blocking access to websites like the Pirate Bay is debatable, but censoring a fast-growing political party isn’t.