Hollywood and other entertainment groups have tried time and again to block The Pirate Bay in many countries. Of course, they have succeeded in blocking access to TPB. Recently, the MPAA conducted a research in order to show that blocking a website like The Pirate Bay can prove to be effective.
Among many other tools to curb piracy, entertainment groups love the website blocking and have been urging ISPs to block access to ‘copyright-infringing’ websites.
TorrentFreak noted that despite countries opting for website blocking as a solution to piracy, many have questioned the effectiveness. A Dutch court announced to unblock The Pirate Bay a few months ago.
Now, MPAA states in an internal research that blocking a website is a good idea.
The website revealed that a leaked draft mentioned the internal MPAA research that different copyright agencies want to present to the Australian government.
“Recent research of the effectiveness of site blocking orders in the UK found that visits to infringing sites blocked declined by more than 90% in total during the measurement period or by 74.5% when proxy sites are included,” the report reads.
So, the MPAA suggests that blocking websites helps in curbing piracy.
Chris Dodd, MPAA chief stated that ISPs blocking websites, like The Pirate Bay, is a great tool.
“In particular, Section 97A of the Copyright Act allowing courts to issue injunctions against service providers who know their services are being utilized for infringing purposes, has been one of the most effective tools anywhere in the world,” Dodd states.
TorrentFreak questioned the MPAA’s intention to take an interest in the blockades in UK. The website pointed out that the U.S. is the biggest source of traffic for The Pirate Bay and it is likely that the MPAA wants to block websites like Pirate Bay in the U.S.
Pirate Bay hacking case starts in confusion
The largest hacking case in Danish history began in confusion on Tuesday, after lawyers representing Swedish Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and his 21-year-old Danish co-defendant accused the prosecution of “unreasonable” tactics.
The prosecution submitted a new 27-page document, and a USB stick containing 92 slides the morning the case began – documents that the defence complained should have been shown to them in advance, were confusing, and contained factual errors.
“It is unreasonable to produce this kind of factual and technically difficult material in a case of this nature,” Michael Juul Eriksen, who is representing the 21-year-old told the court. “I believe that the proceedings should be postponed if the material is to be permitted.”
Judge Kari Sørensen announced a 30-minute pause just 22 minutes after the proceedings began, and then after the case resumed, and the two sides were still unable to reach an agreement, she put proceedings on hold until after lunch.
The two men are accused of hacking into Danish computer mainframes operated by US IT giant USC, stealing social security numbers from Denmark’s national driving licence database, illegally accessing information in a Schengen Region database and hacking into police email accounts.
The security breach has been a serious scandal in Denmark, with CSC and the police both coming under intense criticism.
Warg, 29, arrived in court early dressed in a crumpled white shirt and a grey hooded top, his once straggly hair shaven close.
Despite being held in solitary confinement in one of Denmark’s highest security prisons since November, he appeared in good spirits, intensely scrutinising the new documents submitted, and joking with his lawyer Louise Høj.
His Danish co-defendant looked comparatively smart in a crisp check shirt, blue jumper and thick black-rimmed designer glasses, inscrutable apart from when he waved and grinned at family and friends seated with the press behind a perspex screen.
After the senior prosecutor Maria Cingali read out the charges, Warg, speaking through his lawyer, pleaded “not guilty”.
Eriksen then objected to the new documents entered into the trial.
When Anders Riisager, the deputy public prosecutor, who has been called in to assist Cingali in the case, retorted that the prosecution is under no obligation to provide all documents in advance, Eriksen argued that the fact that he had come prepared indicated he had expected the defence to object.
The prosecution’s indictment, submitted at the start of July, ran to just two pages, and contained very little information on what evidence they had amassed in their 15-month investigation of the case.
Warg is expected to argue, as he did in the related Swedish case in 2013, that the Macbook computer seized at his flat in Cambodia in August 2012, which contains much of the incriminating information for both cases, was a server he shared with several other people.
One of those others, he claims, may have accessed the computer remotely and then used it to carry out the intrusion.
Sweden’s Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the prosecution had not provided sufficient evidence to rule out the possibility of remote control, as a result clearing Warg of hacking into the Scandinavian bank Nordea.
Police have failed to break the encryption on the 21-year-old Dane’s computer, despite his long 15-month wait in remand since his arrest.
The 21-year-old’s grandfather, who was in court to give his support, complained that the police had “absolutely nothing” to go on.
“I think the prosecution has a very, very meagre case,” he said. “They can’t find their own legs, and I hope Maria Cingali, who has been a big loud mouth in this case, has a very heavy fall.”
A key part of the police evidence cited in the remand hearings has been internet chats from February 2012 between a hacker who calls himself ‘Advanced Persistent Terrorist Threat’, who police believe is the Dane, and another called ‘My Evil Twin’, who police believe is Warg.
According to an article in Politiken on Sunday, the prosecution also has evidence that the Danish defendant travelled
to Cambodia, where Warg was then living in March 2012, just a month before CSC was hacked for the first time.
“Let me put it this way,” Riisager told the newspaper. “The accused’s comings and goings, including his travel, travel routes and stopping places, are of course interesting and are part of the evidence.”
The police will also look at the timing of the intrusion, pointing out that the incursion into CSC’s mainframe ended on August 30th, 2012, the same day that Warg’s computers were seized.
Warg’s roles in setting up The Pirate Bay, a website allowing users to share films and music, so bypassing copyright, and advising WikiLeaks on encryption and security, have won him the support of hacktivist circles, in which he goes by the name “anakata”.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has credited Svartholm Warg with setting up “a key part of our infrastructure”.
One of the key witnesses the defence plan to call is Jacob Appelbaum, another WikiLeaks collaborator, whose testimony in 2013 was key to exonerating Svartholm at appeal in Sweden.
In the run up to the trial, the prosecution tried to prevent Appelbaum appearing, complaining that he had described Svartholm as “a political prisoner” in a tweet.