(He quoted this from the Pirate Bay site)
Fascist state censors Pirate Bay
We’re quite used to fascist countries not allowing freedom of speech. A lot of smaller nations that have dictators decide to block our site since we can help spread information that could be harmful to the dictators.
This time it’s Italy. They suffer from a really bad background as one of the IFPIs was formed in Italy during the fascist years and now they have a fascist leader in the country, Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi is also the most powerful person in Italian media owning a lot of companies that compete with The Pirate Bay and he would like to stay that way – so one of his lackeys, Giancarlo Mancusi, ordered a shutdown of our domain name and IP in Italy to make it hard to not support Berlusconis empire.
We have had fights previously in Italy, recently with our successful art installation where we had to storm Fortezza in order to get our art done. And as usual, we won. We will also win this time.
We have already changed IP for the website – that makes it work for half the ISPs again. And we want you all to inform your italian friends to switch their DNS to OpenDNS so they can bypass their ISPs filters. This will also let them bypass the other filters installed by the Italian government, as a bonus.
And please, everybody should also contact their ISP and tell them that this is not OK and that the ISPs should appeal. We don’t want a censored internet! And the war starts here…
So, now they are finally starting to ban illegal sites?
That sounds pretty good, right? I mean. It’s the Internet, and it’s about pirates and developers getting their hard earned money.
Something tells me that this is going to backfire.
You know why?
Because now everybody is talking about this pirate site
Rockstar Games – for example – has made it an art form to get their games banned, and that’s why everybody knows about Grand Theft Auto series. The game got banned (or was rumoured to get banned) in several countries, and it generated huge press interest. No now wonder everybody was talking about their games – after all, they were declared almost like “illegal”.
Now this type of “War Against Pirates” articles will give these sites more publicity.
Won’t believe me?
I bet Pirate Bay traffic will skyrocket this in the following days.